Colin Firth to Portray Michael Peterson in TV Adaptation of The Staircase Documentary

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Colin Firth is stepping into the shoes of author Michael Peterson, who was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 2017.

The Mamma Mia! actor is set to portray the 77-year-old novelist in an HBO Max limited series based on the 2004 documentary The Staircase. Antonio Campos will direct the Englishman in the series, which is written and produced by American Crime Story writer Maggie Cohn

The rest of the cast has yet to be announced, including the actress who will play Michael’s second wife, Kathleen Peterson. She was found unconscious at the bottom of a staircase in the family’s North Carolina home in 2001, before succumbing to her injuries.

Michael initially claimed his wife was inebriated and had fallen 20 feet down the stairs, causing substantial wounds to her head. However, an autopsy report contested his version of events, prompting police to further investigate her death.

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