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Who is starring in the HBO Max series?

THE STAIRCASE on HBO Max is a dramatization of the Netflix documentary of the same name.

The TV retelling of the real-life crime events features some recognizable stars, and fans are curious to know more about the cast.

Emmy Award nominee Colin Firth leads the cast of The Staircase

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Emmy Award nominee Colin Firth leads the cast of The Staircase

The Staircase cast: who stars in the HBO Max series?

HBO Max began production on The Staircase in September 2020.

Series co-creator Antonio Campos told Deadline about the show, “This is a project that I’ve been working on in one way or another since 2008.”

“It’s been a long and winding road, but it was worth the wait to find partners like HBO Max, Annapurna, co-showrunner Maggie Cohn and the incredible Colin Firth to dramatize such a complex real-life story.”

Principal photography and filming of the show took place in Atlanta, Georgia between June 2021 and November 2021.

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On March 29, HBO Max made the official trailer of The Staircase available to viewers looking forward to the program.

According to the series’ official synopsis, “Based on a true story, The Staircase explores the life of Michael Peterson, his extended family in North Carolina, and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen Peterson.”

Colin Firth as Michael Peterson

British-born Firth, who won an Oscar for his role in The King’s Speech, plays Michael Peterson, an American writer convicted of the 2003 murder of his wife Kathleen.

Eight years later he was granted a new trial, accepted an Alford plea and was released.

Peterson infamously said he believed an owl killed his wife.

Colin Firth has also starred in Kingsman: The Secret Service, Shakespeare in Love, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Mamma Mia!

Toni Collette as Kathleen Peterson

Toni Collette plays Kathleen Peterson

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Toni Collette plays Kathleen PetersonPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

Collette, an Oscar-nominated Australian actress who first broke into the mainstream with her role in Muriel’s Wedding, will play Kathleen Peterson.

Kathleen Peterson died on December 9, 2001, and it was her death that sparked investigations into her husband, Michael Peterson.

Her death also opened a new inquest into the death of Elizabeth Ratliff.

Sophie Turner as Margaret Ratliff

Sophie Turner plays Margaret Ratliff

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Sophie Turner plays Margaret RatliffCredit: PA

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner also joins The Staircase’s star-studded roster.

Turner, who legally changed her last name to Jonas when she married pop star Joe Jonas, has been announced as the lead actress and will play Margaret Ratliff, one of Peterson’s adopted daughters.

Margaret Ratliff’s mother was Elizabeth Ratliff.

Parker Posey as Freda Black

Acclaimed actress Parker Posey – best known for her work with satirist Christopher Guest – will play prosecutor Freda Black.

Black was known as a fierce prosecutor.

She died at the age of 57 after battling alcoholism and end-stage liver failure from alcoholism.

Michael and Kathleen Peterson's crime story is chronicled on The Staircase

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Michael and Kathleen Peterson’s crime story is chronicled on The StaircaseSource: whatsup/netflix

Rosemary DeWitt as Candace Zamperini

Rosemary DeWitt comes off her successful run on Little Fires Everywhere to join the cast of The Staircase.

DeWitt plays Candace Zamperini, sister of Kathleen Peterson.

Zamperini is a controversial figure because of her verifiable anger towards Michael Peterson throughout the trial.

Other actors who are part of the cast of The Staircase are:

  • Juliet Binoche
  • Cullen Moss
  • Odessa Young
  • Patrick Schwarzenegger
  • Olivia DeJonge
  • Dana DeHan
  • Michael Stuhlbarg
  • Tim Guinea
  • Joel McKinnon Miller
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When does The Staircase premiere?

The plot of the program is carried out in a total of eight episodes.

The Staircase premieres May 5, 2022 and is available exclusively through an HBO Max subscription.

In the UK, the series will be available to Sky or Now TV subscribers.

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