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