“Top of the Lake” and “Mad Men” actress Elisabeth Moss, currently earning raves for her work on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” has signed on for BBC America and Annapurna Television’s limited series “Fever”.
Moss will star in and produce the series based on the novel by Mary Beth Keane about Mary Mallon. Mallon is better known as ‘Typhoid Mary,’ an Irish immigrant in New York City who became a renowned chef until a ‘medical engineer’ noticed she left a trail of disease wherever she cooked.
She was identified as an ‘asymptomatic carrier’ of Typhoid Fever which turned her into a hunted woman. Put into isolation on North Brother Island for three years, she was released under the condition that she never work as a cook again.
Yet so proud of her former status and passionate about cooking, the alternative to her was abhorrent and so she defied the edict. Robin Veith (“The Expanse”) will write the project, and Phil Morrison (“Enlightened”) will direct with a 2018 airing planned.