The Staircase: Release Date, Cast, Trailer and Everything We Know


HBO Max is a streaming platform, and since its launch on 27th May 2020, it has become one of the go-to streaming platforms for any true crime fan. 

It has a wide range of popular criminal shows, movies, mini-series, and documentaries. Now HBO Max is bringing a mini-series, The Staircase, and it will be a climatic retelling of the mysterious death of a renowned American novelist’s wife in 2001. The mystery behind the sprawling family will soon be brought to the streamer, providing fans with the latest addition to the remarkable true crime library.

The Staircase is a remake of a French docu-series of the same name created by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. HBO Max’s mini-series is created and written by Antonio Campos and Maggie Cohn. Annapurna Television is an independent American media firm that is engaged in the development of this TV series.

The Staircase joins the ranks of a slew of true-crime and scammer-inspired shows that have lately premiered on television, like Pam & Tommy, Inventing Anna, and The Thing About Pam. This show is one the most star-studded crime show we’ve seen in quite some time, as the cast of The Staircase has an Oscar-winner, an Emmy-winner, and a Game of Thrones alumni. 

Is this the first time you’ve heard of The Staircase, or are you familiar with the enigma of the criminal case upon which it is based? Well, fear not! We have compiled an extensive list of everything there is to know about this upcoming mini-series. Read the complete article to learn more about the plot, release date, and cast of The Staircase. 

The Staircase Release Date

The head-scratcher true-crime drama with its unique storyline is releasing on HBO Max on 5th May 2022. The show will premiere three episodes at once and then air additional episodes once a week until 9th June 2022, giving you plenty of time to compare it to the original “Staircase.”

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The Staircase Plot

This TV series was announced by HBO Max in March 2021 as a probe into the mysterious death of Kathleen Peterson in 2001. She was the wife of Micheal Peterson, a renowned American novelist who later became the lead suspect in her death.

Kathleen was found dead, covered in a pool of blood at the bottom of the staircase in their family’s mansion in Durham, North Carolina. This mini-series by HBO Max is an adaptation of a true-crime limited series of the same name by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade in 2003. 

Michael Peterson was veteran Marine Corps. He later became a novelist, a newspaper columnist, and a candidate for becoming a mayor.

We have found out that HBO’s adaptation of the original series will include everything from Michael Peterson’s initial indictment to his dogma. Then why did he eventually back down owing to later development in the case? So it looks like HBO Max will present a very engaging and detailed television series this time.

We have already seen a series that has explored the same, and it will be interesting to see how good this attempt from HBO Max turns out. We still do not know how much of the story of the death of Kathleen Peterson will be told throughout the series, and it will be interesting to see how this time story is told?

HBO Max has not disclosed whether or not they will be discussing the infamous Owl Theory(related to this case) in the show this time. However, those familiar with this case and the twists and turns it took even after Peterson’s conviction are aware of how bizarre this story becomes.

The Staircase
The Staircase

This TV series will discuss the unsolved death of Kathleen Peterson, and its repercussions will be examined in eight episodes. The length of each episode has yet to be confirmed, but based on the previous series of this type, we can anticipate eight hour-long episodes when the show finally premieres.

The Staircase Cast

Every good drama needs an exceptional cast to make it great. To fulfill the need for an exquisite cast, we have Colin Firth to play the role of Micheal Peterson in the show. Colin has won an oscar for his performance in The King’s Speech. The wife of Michael, Kathleen Peterson, is portrayed by an Emmy Award winner, Toni Collette.

We also have a Game of Thrones alum on the cast of The Staircase, Sophie Turner, who is in the role of Margaret Ratliff, one of the adopted daughters. 

We will also see the following actors in the show:

  • Parker Posey as Freda Black 
  • Olivia DeJonge as Caitalin Atwater 
  • Michael Stuhlbarg as David Rudolf
  • Vincent Vermignon as Jean-Xavier
  • Justice Leak as Tom Maher
  • Jim Rash as Duane Deaver
  • Cullen Moss as Jim Hardin
  • Franks Feys as Denis Poncet
  • Robert Crayton as Ron Guerette
  • Odessa Young as Martha Ratliff
  • Tim Guinee as Bill Peterson 
  • Juliette Binoche as Sophie Brunet

The Staircase Trailer

We have given you all the information about HBO Max’s latest and greatest, The Staircase. Now we are going to tell you about the trailer for this show. 

The trailer for The Staircase is available on HBO Max’s official YouTube channel. The trailer is around a minute and a half long and was released on 29th March 2022. After watching the trailer, you will start scheming up theories of your own, and we hope you will enjoy falling down the rabbit hole of the Owl Theory. 


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