Colin Firth is headed to television to star in a new HBO Max series.
The Staircase is a limited series is based off the true-crime documentary of the same name, THR reports.
The series will span just eight episodes and will explore the life of novelist Michael Peterson (Firth), his North Carolina family and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen.
“It is a thrill to collaborate with Antonio Campos, Maggie Cohn and Annapurna Television for the exploration of this true-life story that’s rife with dramatic revelations,” Sarah Aubrey, HBO Max head of original content, shared in a statement on the project. “With the enormously talented Colin Firth at the center of this adaptation, the story of The Staircase will continue to captivate audiences with every bizarre twist and turn.”
The docuseries aired on Sundance Channel in 2005, and the most recent updates to the case, and second trial, were streamed on Netflix in 2018.
“This has been a project I have been working on in one way or another since 2008,” Antonio, who will also direct a handful of episodes, added. “It’s been a long and winding road, but well worth the wait to be able to find partners like HBO Max, Annapurna, co-showrunner Maggie Cohn and the incredible Colin Firth to dramatize such a complex true-life story.”
The role will mark Colin‘s first television role since 1995′s Pride and Prejudice.
Just recently, Colin can be seen opposite Stanley Tucci in Supernova. Check out the trailer…
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