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The Staircase

Directed by: Antonio Campos, Leigh Janiak
Written by: Maggie Cohn, Antonio Campos
Produced by: Craig Shilowich
Running time: 8 episodes รก 50 minutes

The eight-parter is based on the docuseries of the same name and various books and reports on the Michael Peterson (Colin Firth) case. Peterson was accused of murdering his wife, Kathleen (Toni Collette), in 2001. He claimed she died after falling down the stairs at their home after consuming alcohol and Valium, but police suspected he bludgeoned her to death and staged the scene to look like an accident. An autopsy revealed that Kathleen died from blows to the back of her head with a blunt object and other injuries.

Cast & Characters

Colin Firth (Michael Peterson), Toni Collette (Kathleen), Michael Stuhlbarg (David Rudolf), Parker Posey (Freda Black), Juliette Binoche, Sophie Turner (Margaret Ratliff), Dane DeHaan (Clayton Peterson), Rosemarie DeWitt (Candace Zamperini), Kevin Sizemore (Mark Zamperini), Odessa Young (Martha Ratliff), Patrick Schwarzenegger (Todd Peterson), Olivia DeJonge (Caitlin), Tim Guinee (Bill Peterson), Hannah Pniewski (Becky), Cory Scott Allen (Art Holland), Robert Crayton (Don Guerette), Justice Leak (Tom Maher), Ryan Lewis (Bruce Campbell), Trini Alvarado (Patty Peterson), Joel McKinnon Miller (Larry Pollard), Daniela Lee (Devon), Teri Wyble (Sonya Pfeiffer), Cullen Moss (Jim Hardin), Frank Feys (Denis Poncet), Erik J. Jensen (J-Smoke), Jean-Luc McMurtry (Gaultier), Jean V. Alexander (Mary Lou Pollard), Maria Dizzia (Lori Campbell), Susan Pourfar (Dr. Deborah Radisch), James Healy Jr. (Steven Blair), Karson Kern (Nate), Ian Gregg (Lucas), David Silverman (Carl), Kate Sanford (Veronica Hunt), Scott Daniel Johnson (Jay Trehy), Mark Helms Mark Helms (Bailiff), Kevin Howell (Michaels Dad)

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