Colin Firth is heading back to television for his first series role in over two decades.
The Oscar-winning actor is set to star in The Staircase, an HBO Max limited series based on the true-crime documentary series of the same name.
The original series was directed by Jean-Xaxier de Lestrade and aired on the Sundance Channel in 2005. Lestrade continued to make new episodes of the series over the years as the case continued to develop, with recent installments garnering new attention when they debuted on Netflix in 2018.
Firth is stepping into a role originally occupied by Harrison Ford, starring as novelist Michael Peterson, as the series explores his North Carolina family and the events surrounding the suspicious death of Michael’s wife, Kathleen, in 2001.
The series will consist of eight episodes, six of which will be directed by Antonio Campos, who is coming off the film The Devil All the Time and previously directed the acclaimed drama Christine, telling the true story of Christine Chubbuck’s death.
Campos is writing and show running the series with Maggie Cohn, whose credits include writing and producing American Crime Story.
In a statement, HBO Max head of original content Sarah Aubrey said, “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. 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.”
Campos echoed Aubrey’s sentiments and expressed his long commitment to making this project happen, saying, “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 to be able to find partners like HBO Max, Annapurna, co-showrunner Maggie Cohn and the incredible Colin Firth to dramatize such a complex true-life story.”