Patrick Schwarzenegger joins the star-studded cast of the HBO series The Staircase


Patrick Schwarzenegger has landed his latest TV role after being cast in HBO’s upcoming series, The Staircase.

On Thursday, Deadline Hollywood reported that the 25-year-old actor had joined the star-studded line-up that includes Colin Firth, Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Juliette Binoche, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sophie Turner and Odessa Young.    

The limited series is centered the real life story of novelist Michael Peterson (Colin Firth) who was accused of murdering his second wife, Kathleen (Toni Collette) in 2001.  

New gig: Patrick Schwarzenegger has landed his latest TV role after being cast in HBO’s upcoming series, The Staircase. Seen in 2019

 

The eight-episode show 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, reports Variety

The show initially premiered on Canal+ before it moved to Netflix, where it received widespread attention and garnered critical praise. It is also inspired by various books and reports about the case of Michael.   

In the series, Patrick will play the role of Todd Peterson, one of Michael’s two sons from his first marriage to Patricia Sue Peterson.   

Todd was featured in the docuseries in which he and his brother Clayton strongly defended their father’s innocence. 

He attributed her death to a drunken accident in a quote from Diane Fanning’s book about the case, Written in Blood: A True Story of Murder and A Deadly 16-Year Old Secret That Tore a Family Apart.

Strong resemblance: Patrick will play the role of Todd Peterson, one of Michael's two sons who was featured in the Netflix docuseries. Todd seen in 2014

Strong resemblance: Patrick will play the role of Todd Peterson, one of Michael’s two sons who was featured in the Netflix docuseries. Todd seen in 2014

Like father, like son: Schwarzenegger is definitely following in his famous father's footsteps, with a growing list of film and television credits. Pictured with Arnold in 2017

Like father, like son: Schwarzenegger is definitely following in his famous father’s footsteps, with a growing list of film and television credits. Pictured with Arnold in 2017

According to Romper, in the book, Todd is quoted as telling officers, ‘They both drink heavily. If you want my opinion, they were probably sh*t-faced and she fell.’

Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger is definitely following in his famous father Arnold’s footsteps, with a growing list of film and television credits. 

Patrick recently starred in the Amy Poehler-directed Netflix comedy Moxie which premiered on Netflix in March. He will next be seen in Agata Alexander’s directorial debut, the science fiction thriller Warning. 

Patrick’s performance in the 2019 film Daniel Isn’t Real won praise from critics with Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter stating that he conveyed a ‘playful intensity similar to his father.’ 

Coming soon: He will next be seen in Agata Alexander's directorial debut, the science fiction thriller Warning

Coming soon: He will next be seen in Agata Alexander’s directorial debut, the science fiction thriller Warning

Colin and Toni were announced as the show’s leads at the end of March.  Firth replaced Harrison Ford as the star of the show as the Indiana Jones star was initially supposed to fill the role of Michael, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

 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. 

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.  

Also cast: The news of Patrick's latest role comes after both Colin Firth (pictured in 2020) and Toni Collette were confirmed to have been cast

Also cast: The news of Patrick’s latest role comes after both Colin Firth (pictured in 2020) and Toni Collette were confirmed to have been cast

‘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. 

Like his son, Michael, now 77, 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.

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

Accused: The Staircase is centered on novelist Michael Peterson, who was accused of murdering his second wife, Kathleen, in 2001 (pictured on trial)

Accused: The Staircase is centered on novelist Michael Peterson, who was accused of murdering his second wife, Kathleen, in 2001 (pictured on trial)  

Latest project:  The eight-episode series 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

Latest project:  The eight-episode series 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



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