In 2004, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (‘Laëtitia’) fascinated us with one of the first milestones of the true crime current: ‘The Staircase’ (‘Soupçons’), where he explored the case of a novelist and the suspicious death of his wife. Eighteen years later, we revisit the crime, this time in fictional form with Toni Collette and Colin Firthas we see in a first trailer.
On Thursday, May 5, 2022, HBO Max will premiere ‘The Staircase’, eight-episode miniseries based on true crime and that it will explore the life of Michael Peterson (Firth) and the death of his wife (Collette). During the trial, certain events from the past will be discovered that will shed new light on what happened.
Along with Colin Firth and Toni Collette, the main cast includes Michael Stuhlbarg, Juliette Binoche, Dane DeHaan, Olivia DeJonge, Rosemarie DeWitt, Tim Guinee, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sophie Turner, Vincent Vermignon, Odessa Young, and Parker Posey.
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The miniseries is created, co-written and co-directed by Anthony Fields (‘The devil at all hours’), who shares his script work and the position of showrunner with Maggie Cohn. Campos also directs six of the eight episodes, with the remaining two under the responsibility of Leigh Janiak.
By the way, if you’re curious, the original documentary (made up of a miniseries and a couple of sequels) can be seen on Netflix.