“The Handmaid’s Tale” Star Elisabeth Moss Developing Typhoid Miniseries “Fever” for BBC America

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The star of Hulu’s critically acclaimed adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale has picked her next small-screen project: an adaptation of Mary Beth Keane’s 1999 novel , which she will star in and executive produce. The project is being developed as a miniseries with Annapurna and .

Moss acquired the rights to the book, which tells the story of “Typhoid Mary,” the first known carrier of typhoid as it spread throughout 20th century New York City.

“I look forward to telling this story about one of the most infamous women in America, a woman whose true tale has never been told,” said Moss who will star as Mary. “She was an immigrant in turn of the century New York, a time of huge change and progress in America. She was incredibly unique, stubborn, ambitious and in fierce denial of any wrongdoing until her death where she lived out her days imprisoned on an island just off of the Bronx in New York. She is incredibly complicated, something I seem to enjoy playing.”

will direct the miniseries and is attached to write and both will exec produce alongside Moss. Annapurna’s Sue Naegle and Megan Ellison will also executive produce.

Known for her past roles in The West Wing and Mad Man, Moss currently stars in The Handmaid’s Tale and SundanceTV’s Top of the Lake. She recently wrapped on three The Old Man and the Gun, The Seagull, and The Square. She’s repped by in the U.K., , and .

Morrison previously directed the films Junebug and All Is Bright. He’s currently in and attached to direct the Fox films All the Rage and Lost in Duncanville. He’s repped by and .

Veith has plenty of under her belt, having previously written for Mad Men, Lights Out, and most recently The Expanse. She’s repped by .

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