Colin Firth & Toni Collette star in The Staircase teaser

HBO Max has launched a teaser for The Staircase, an eight-episode true-crime collection that explores the lifetime of Micheal Peterson, his sprawling North Carolina household, and the suspicious dying of his spouse, Kathleen Peterson.

Colin Firth stars as Michael Peterson in The Staircase alongside Toni Collette as Kathleen Peterson. Juliette Binoche, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sophie Turner, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Dane DeHaan, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Parker Posey additionally star within the collection which was created by Antonio Campos (The Devil All the Time). Campos additionally wrote and government produced the collection alongside Maggie Cohn (American Crime Story) and directed six episodes with Leigh Janiak (Fear Street) helming the remaining two.

The true story of the dying of Kathleen Peterson has been the topic of numerous TV reveals, together with Forensic Files, American Justice, and extra, in addition to a 2004 French documentary collection which is what initially hooked Campos. “I felt like I knew everything about this guy by the end,” Campos informed Vanity Fair, “because everything had come out about him, but at the same time I still didn’t know who he was.” As you may see within the teaser, The Staircase shifts between three timelines, with one going down within the days main as much as Kathleen’s dying, the opposite within the fast aftermath and the trial, and the final within the current day. Colin Firth doesn’t usually take TV roles, not to mention true-crime ones, however he felt this was an expertise he couldn’t refuse.

I discovered all of it laborious to fathom. But it was so alive, and that’s a slightly elusive notion. When you learn as many scripts as one has performed by my age, it’s life you’re searching for, one thing that’s animated, that strikes, that interweaves totally different ideas—that doesn’t resolve itself in any method that’s ever facile.

The first three episodes of The Staircase will debut on HBO Max on May 5, 2022.

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