Colin Firth to replace Harrison Ford as the star of the upcoming HBO Max limited series The Staircase
Colin Firth has replaced Harrison Ford as the star of the upcoming limited series The Staircase, which premieres on HBO Max.
The upcoming drama series will, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Staircase has been in development for two years and is based on the 2004 docuseries of the same name, which was updated in 2018 with new episodes.
Lead Actor: Colin Firth will lead the cast of the upcoming HBO Max series The Staircase; he is pictured at the 2020 premiere of Supernova
The show initially premiered on Canal + before moving to Netflix, where it received wide attention and garnered critical acclaim.
The Staircase focuses on novelist Michael Peterson, who was charged in 2001 with the murder of his second wife, Kathleen.
The now 77-year-old author claimed his wife had died after falling down the stairs at their North Carolina home, although police suspected he murdered her and covered up his evidence.
Peterson was eventually convicted of murder, although his sentence was later reduced to voluntary manslaughter.
Previous star: Ford has been committed to the upcoming limited series since it came into development in 2019 before finally shutting down; he can be seen at the premiere of The Call of the Wild in February 2020
Source material: The upcoming show is an adaptation of the eponymous docuseries, which initially premiered in 2004 and was updated several times, most recently in 2018
Firth will play the writer in the upcoming series; the Indiana Jones star was initially supposed to fill the role.
Other artists who will be involved with The Staircase have not yet been announced.
The upcoming series will be directed by Antonio Campos, who will direct six episodes of the show, and writer Maggie Cohn.
HBO Max’s head of original content, Sarah Aubrey, made a statement expressing her confidence in the series’ development team.
“It’s great to partner with Antonio Campos, Maggie Cohn and Annapurna Television to explore this true story full of dramatic revelations,” she said.
Centerpiece of the drama: The Staircase centers on Michael Peterson, who was accused of murdering his wife Kathleen in 2001 and eventually found guilty of murder; he is pictured in 2011
She also praised the selection of the 60-year-old actor to direct The Staircase, saying the show would retain the captivating qualities of the original docuseries.
‘With the hugely talented Colin Firth at the center of this adaptation, The Staircase’s story will continue to captivate audiences with every bizarre twist and turn,’ she added.
Campos noted that although he had been experiencing difficulties getting the upcoming adjustment off the ground, he was pleased to see his efforts pay off.
“This is a project I’ve been working on somehow since 2008 … It’s been a long and winding road, but worth the wait,” he said.
The Staircase does not currently have a fixed premiere date.
Future release: The Staircase will be released on the HBO Max streaming service at an indefinite date in the future