Family is all we have in this world, as Michael Peterson (Colin Firth), a real-life convicted murderer, warns in a new mini-series. The first trailer for HBO Max’s “The Staircase” series, which will premiere on Thursday, May 5, has revealed how far Michael has come to evade investigation into the murder of his wife, Kathleen Peterson (Toni Collette).
Based on Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s 2004 to 2018 true crime documentaries of the same name, the mini-series “The Staircase” was created by Antonio Campos and took place on December 9, 2001, at the Petersons’ Durham Mansion in North Carolina. following events. Kathleen was found dead at the foot of the stairs of the house. Her husband, Marine Corps veteran Michael, was a novelist, newspaper columnist, and mayoral candidate when he was convicted of Kathleen’s murder in 2003.
Prosecutors argued that Michael beat his wife to death. He claimed that he fell after drinking alcohol and Valium. But an autopsy concluded that Kathleen died from multiple injuries, including blows to the back of her head with a blunt object. Michael spent years in prison until his conviction was overturned. He confessed to murdering on charges of manslaughter in 2017 and was released after his time was deducted. The eight-episode Max Original miniseries will begin with the first three episodes on May 5, followed by one new episode each week until June 9.
Rosemarie DeWitt as Kathleen’s sister, Candace Zamperini. This will be the second time DeWitt and Collette have played as siblings after “The United States of Tara.” Sophie Turner, Dane DeHaan, and Patrick Schwarzenegger portray the Petersons’ children, and Michael Stuhlbarg and Parker Posey portray the lawyers. It also stars Juliette Binoche, Olivia DeJonge, Tim Guinee, Vincent Vermignon and Odessa Young. The original documentary won a Peabody Award in 2005, and later episodes have been updated throughout the revelations in the Peterson case. All of the documents are available in the documentary on Netflix.