Colin Firth kisses Toni Collette in first look at HBO Max’s eight-part series The Staircase

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Colin Firth kisses Toni Collette in first look at HBO Max’s eight-part series The Staircase










Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth kissed Oscar nominee Toni Collette in front of a Christmas tree in the first image of HBO Max’s eight-episode crime drama The Staircase, which will be released this spring.

The 61-year-old Englishman plays crime novelist Michael Peterson, who was convicted of murdering his second wife Kathleen and staged her falling down the stairs of their North Carolina home in 2001.

In the second image released, the married couple sits at a dining table with their mixed family of five (Olivia DeJonge, Dane DeHaan, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Odessa Young and Sophie Turner).

First this spring! Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth kissed Oscar nominee Toni Collette in front of a Christmas tree in the first image of HBO Max’s eight-episode crime drama The Staircase

$1.5million life insurance policy: The 61-year-old Englishman portrays novelist Michael Peterson (L), who was convicted of murdering his second wife Kathleen (R) and put him in scene to look like a fall down the stairs of their home in North Carolina in 2001

$1.5million life insurance policy: The 61-year-old Englishman portrays novelist Michael Peterson (L), who was convicted of murdering his second wife Kathleen (R) and put him in scene to look like a fall down the stairs of their home in North Carolina in 2001

Kathleen had a daughter Caitlin Atwater from her first marriage to Fred Atwater, while Michael had two sons Clayton and Todd as well as two adopted daughters Margaret and Martha.

Antonio Campos and Maggie Cohn’s limited series also features Rosemarie DeWitt, Juliette Binoche and Parker Posey in the set.

“I have not communicated with Michael Peterson,” Colin said Deadline Tuesday during the CTAM presentation of The Staircase.

‘Everything is falling apart’: In the second image released, the married couple sit at a dining table with their mixed family of five (from LR – Olivia DeJonge, Dane DeHaan, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Odessa Young and Sophie Turner)

Family torn apart: Kathleen had a daughter Caitlin Atwater from her first marriage to Fred Atwater, while Michael had two sons Clayton and Todd as well as two adopted daughters Margaret and Martha

Family torn apart: Kathleen had a daughter Caitlin Atwater from her first marriage to Fred Atwater, while Michael had two sons Clayton and Todd as well as two adopted daughters Margaret and Martha

“I felt the way the script was structured and the whole approach to this was its own ecosystem, so to speak. These are created characters but we all know what the source is. We all know these characters have the names of living people, but it’s very carefully calibrated to tell the story in a certain way.

“I felt I wanted to keep my inspiration, my motivation, and the meaning of the source material, as much as possible contained in the script and the way it was written.”

Firth continued: “I felt it might have been skewed in some way had I had personal connections, during the filming of this one, with Michael Peters and others involved. .”

Colin (pictured in 2020) told Deadline on Tuesday:

Colin (pictured in 2020) told Deadline on Tuesday: ‘I haven’t communicated with Michael Peterson. I felt the way the script was structured and the whole approach to this was its own ecosystem, so to speak’

Freeman: Peterson's charge was later reduced to manslaughter after a key prosecution witness was found to have given misleading testimony, and he was freed in 2017 after serving his sentence

Freeman: Peterson’s charge was later reduced to manslaughter after a key prosecution witness was found to have given misleading testimony, and he was freed in 2017 after serving his sentence

“Had I had a personal response to the meeting, it might have prevented me from connecting to this world of varied possibilities that had been created.”

Peterson’s charge was later reduced to manslaughter after it was discovered that a key prosecution witness had given misleading testimony, and he was released in 2017 after serving his sentence.

The Staircase is after Jean-Xavier de Lestrade critically acclaimed 13-episode documentary series released on Netflix in 2018.

“Did he do it?” The Staircase is based on the critically acclaimed 13-episode docu-series by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade that aired on Netflix in 2018

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