HBO Max released the teaser trailer for the limited series The Staircasetitled Stairs In our country, based on the docuseries by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, who from 2004 to 2018 documented the Peterson case.

In the Max Original production, the protagonists Colin Firth and Toni Collette, They play Michael Peterson, who was investigated for the death of his wife, Kathleen Peterson, played on the series by Collette.

In addition to the teaser trailer, HBO Max confirmed the premiere date of the limited series, whose The first three episodes will debut on the streamer on Thursday, May 5, 2022. The rest of the episodes – eight in total – will have one by one weekly premiere.

The series is scripted by Anthony Fields and Maggie Cohn, who are also the executive producers. Additionally, Campos (The Devil All the Time, Christine, Simon Killer, and Afterschool) directs six of the eight episodes, while Leigh Janiak (trilogy Fear Street) directed two episodes.


Based on a true story, “The Staircase” explores the life of Michael Peterson (Firth), his extended North Carolina family and the suspicious death of his wife Kathleen Robertson (Collette).

Rosemarie DeWitt (Little Fires Everywhere) plays Kathleen’s sister, Candace Zamperini, marking a meeting on the small screen with Collette, after having played sisters on the series The United States of Tara. Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones), Dane DeHaan (Lisey’s Story) and Patrick Schwarzenegger (Daniel Isn’t Real) play Peterson’s children, and Michael Stuhlbarg (Dopesick, Your Honor) and Parker Posey (Lost in Space, Scream 3) interpret the lawyers.

The solid cast is completed Juliette Binoche (Clouds of Sils Maria, High Life), Olivia DeJonge (The Society), Tim Guinea (Inventing Anna), Vincent Vermignonand Odessa Young (Assassination Nation).


Kathleen was found in Peterson’s mansion in Durham, North Carolina, 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 2003 murder. Prosecutors argued that Michael beat his wife to death; he claimed that she fell after consuming alcohol and Valium. However, an autopsy concluded that Kathleen died from multiple injuries, including being hit to the back of the head with a blunt object. Michael spent years in prison before his conviction was overturned. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to the murder to one count of involuntary manslaughter and walked free with time served.

Lestrade’s docuseries won a Peabody Award in 2005. The full documentary is available on Netflix.

The HBO Max limited series is co-produced by the streamer and Annapurna Television.

Teaser trailer:


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