Colin Firth will replace Harrison Ford as the star of The Staircase

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Colin Firth has replaced Harrison Ford as the star of the upcoming limited series The Staircase, which will premiere on HBO Max. 

The forthcoming drama show will consist of eight episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Staircase has been in development for two years and is based on the 2004 docuseries of the same name, which was updated with new episodes in 2018.

Colin Firth standing posing for the camera: Leading man: Colin Firth will lead the cast of the upcoming HBO Max series The Staircase; he is pictured at the 2020 premiere of Supernova © Provided by Daily Mail Leading man: Colin Firth will lead the cast of the upcoming HBO Max series The Staircase; he is pictured at the 2020 premiere of Supernova

The show initially premiered on Canal+ before it moved to Netflix, where it received widespread attention and garnered critical praise. 

The Staircase is centered on novelist Michael Peterson, who was accused of murdering his second wife, Kathleen, in 2001. 

The now-77-year-old author claimed that his spouse had died after falling down the stairs at their home in North Carolina, although police suspected that he had killed her and covered up his evidence.

Peterson was eventually convicted of murder, although his sentence was later reduced to voluntary manslaughter. 

Harrison Ford wearing a suit and tie: Previous star: Ford had been attached to the upcoming limited series ever since it entered development in 2019 before eventually dropping out; he is seen at the premiere of The Call of the Wild in February of 2020 © Provided by Daily Mail Previous star: Ford had been attached to the upcoming limited series ever since it entered development in 2019 before eventually dropping out; he is seen at the premiere of The Call of the Wild in February of 2020 a close up of the face of a man: Source material: The forthcoming show is an adaptation of the docuseries of the same name, which initially premiered in 2004 and was updated multiple times, most recently in 2018 © Provided by Daily Mail Source material: The forthcoming show is an adaptation of the docuseries of the same name, which initially premiered in 2004 and was updated multiple times, most recently in 2018

Firth will portray the writer in the upcoming series; the Indiana Jones star was initially supposed to fill the role. 

Other performers who will be involved in The Staircase have not been announced as of yet.  

The forthcoming series will be helmed by Antonio Campos, who will direct six episodes of the show, as well as writer Maggie Cohn.

HBO Max's head of original content, Sarah Aubrey, gave a statement where she expressed her confidence in the series' development team.

'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,' she said. 

a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Center of the drama: The Staircase is centered around Michael Peterson, who was accused of killing his wife Kathleen in 2001 and eventually found guilty of murder; he is pictured in 2011 © Provided by Daily Mail Center of the drama: The Staircase is centered around Michael Peterson, who was accused of killing his wife Kathleen in 2001 and eventually found guilty of murder; he is pictured in 2011

She also lauded the selection of the 60-year-old actor to lead The Staircase and expressed that the show would retain the captivating qualities of the original docuseries.

'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,' she added.

Campos commented that, although he had encountered difficulties in getting the forthcoming adaptation off the ground, he was happy to see his efforts come to fruition. 

'This has been a project I have been working on in one way or another since 2008...It's been a long and winding road, but well worth the wait,' he said.

The Staircase currently has no set premiere date. 

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Colin Firth will replace Harrison Ford as the star of The Staircase