The Staircase: Release date, teaser, cast, plot and more

The Staircase
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The streaming platforms have succeeded to get the true-crime genre the massive following it deserves with spine chilling series like House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths, Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer, Crime Scene: Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs. Michelle Carter, Lady and the Dale and what not.

There is something about them that grips the viewers and makes them ponder on the extent a human mind can go in terms of violence and barbarity. It makes us wonder what goes on in that conscious that convinces them to take another person’s life. 

One such upcoming true-crime miniseries that will leave us scratching our heads is The Staircase. It follows the case of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist who was convicted of voluntary manslaughter of his wife Kathleen in their home in North Caroline. This isn’t the first time this case is hitting the screens. The original documentary came out in 2004, then Peterson demanded a new trial, so the filmmaker of the documentary made another three episodes, and Netflix re-released it in 2018. 

The Staircase
Credits: HBO Max

Here’s everything we know about the upcoming miniseries, The Staircase. 

The Staircase Release Date

The first three episodes will release on May 5, 2022, and the remaining five will be released on a weekly basis on HBO Max. 

The Staircase Teaser

HBO Max released the teaser of the upcoming miniseries, and it is just so intense and thought-provoking. When we see a family which seems to enjoy each other’s company, enjoy the time they get together in the best way, have fun-filled dinners, and more, we tend to think that nothing can ever go wrong with such a bond.

But things do get messed up and pretty much big time. That’s what happened with the Petersons. At the point where everything felt perfect, it all just came crashing down with one death or we can call it murder. And it becomes much more disturbing when the spouse is the prime suspect. 

The Staircase | Official Teaser | Max

The Staircase Plot

The story follows Michael Peterson, an American crime novelist who gets accused of bludgeoning his second wife Kathleen to death. On December 9, 2001, Michael called 9-1-1 to report that he found his wife dead at the bottom of a staircase in Forest Hills neighborhood home in Durham, North Carolina. 

The medical examiners found seven lacerations on the top and back of the victim’s head which clearly indicated consistent blows with a blunt object. The body suffered a range of severe injuries which were sustained ninety minutes to two hours before the actual death. 

Michael became the prime suspect in the homicide as he was the only person present on the property during the time frame of the alleged murder. 

The Staircase Cast

The Staircase
Credits: HBO Max
  • Colin Firth plays Michael Peterson
  • Toni Collette plays Kathleen Peterson
  • Rosemarie DeWitt plays Candace Hunt Zamperini
  • Juliette Binoche plays Sophie Brunet
  • Parker Posey plays Freda Black
  • Sophie Turner plays Margaret Ratliff
  • Odessa Young plays Martha Ratliff
  • Patrick Schwarzenegger plays Todd Peterson
  • Dane DeHaan plays Clayton Peterson
  • Olivia DeJonge plays Caitlin Atwater
  • Michael Stuhlbarg plays David Rudolf
  • Tim Guinee plays Bill Peterson
  • Vincent Vermignon plays Jean-Xavier
  • Hannah Pniewski plays Becky
  • Kevin Sizemore plays Mark Zamperini
  • Robert Crayton plays Ron Guerette