HBO drops the first official trailer for The Staircase, a fictionalized mini-series based on a true story, which explores the peculiar life of Michael Peterson, his sprawling North Carolina family, and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen Peterson.
The mini-series stars Colin Firth, Toni Collette, Sophie Turner, Michael Stuhlbarg, Dane DeHaan, Odessa Young, Rosemarie DeWitt, Patrick Schwarzenegger, plus Juliette Binoche and Parker Posey.
Kathleen was found in the Peterson's Durham, North Carolina, mansion at the bottom of the staircase on December 9, 2001. Marine Corps. veteran Michael was a novelist, newspaper columnist, and mayoral candidate when he was convicted of Kathleen’s murder in 2003.
Prosecutors argued Michael bludgeoned his wife to death; he claimed she fell after consuming alcohol and Valium. However, an autopsy concluded Kathleen died from multiple injuries, including blows to the back of her head with a blunt object. Michael spent years in prison before his conviction was overturned.
In 2017, he pleaded guilty to the killing with a manslaughter charge and walked free with time served.
The Staircase is a series created and written by Antonio Campos and Maggie Cohn, directed by Antonio Campos and Leigh Janiak It's produced by Annapurna Television and Craig Shilowich. The series starts streaming from 5th May 2022.