What Is The Plot Of The Staircase?
Based on a true story, the long-awaited series follows the story of Michael Peterson, an American novelist who was convicted of murdering his wife, Kathleen, in their North Carolina home.
In December 2001, Peterson called police to claim that Kathleen had fallen down the stairs in their house, a version of events that authorities did not believe. Instead, they drew the conclusion that Peterson actually bludgeoned his wife to death with a blow poke. What followed was an investigation that saw him convicted in court in 2003.
While the account of events seems relatively straightforward, the story is anything but. Jam-packed with twists, turns, small-town bigotry and a suspiciously similar death in Germany, the true story is far from dull. True crime fans may recall previous on-screen adaptations of the case, in particular Netflix's 2018 documentary that taught viewers more about hard-hitting facts—and an obscure owl theory—compared to this adaptation.
Who Is Cast In The Staircase?
As per every streaming service must-watch, HBO's The Staircase is set to boast an impressive line up of famous faces. Leading the cast is Australia's own Toni Collette (Hereditary, Muriel's Wedding) as Kathleen, as well as Colin Firth (Love Actually) as Michael Peterson, as per Deadline.
According to Variety, Sophie Turner is set to join Collette and Firth in the series, reportedly playing Margaret Ratliff, one of Peterson’s adopted daughters.
As for Turner, her most recent stints onscreen have included her role as Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, as well as her role in Quibi's Survive, which debuted last year.
The Staircase will mark Turner's first acting role since the birth of her daughter, Willa, with husband Joe Jonas in July 2020.
Joining the trio will also be Parker Posey, Juliette Binoche, and Rosemarie DeWitt whose roles in the series are currently unknown.
When Can We Watch The Staircase?
As for when The Staircase will be released, there has been no confirmed date yet but HBO acquired the series in March, so we're hoping to have an update on the status soon.