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On CANAL+ and myCANAL, The Staircase sheds light on a case that shook America: the death of Kathleen Peterson. A series adapted from an equally fascinating documentary. A comparison between actors and reality.
The mini-series The Staircaseand the documentary series Soupçons (The Staircase) are only available on myCANAL.

We no longer present Colin Firth ! Known for his roles in Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jonesthe actor who won an Oscar for his incredible portrayal of George VI in The King's Speech proves once again that he can slip into any costume, as Michael Peterson.

In The StaircaseHe plays the novelist accused of murdering his wife Kathleen after she was found lifeless at the bottom of the stairs of their Durham mansion. Mysterious, angry, sometimes frightening, but also moving and fascinating, the actor succeeds marvelously in bringing to the screen all the ambivalence of this man who raises so many questions.

If it's through couple photos and a few archives that we catch a glimpse of Kathleen Peterson in the documentary series Soupçons (The Staircase)of Jean-Xavier de Lestradethe latter plays a central role in the mini-series byAntonio Campos and Maggie Cohn.

Embodied by Toni ColletteThis businesswoman is Michael Peterson's second wife. They moved in together in 1989 and married in 1997. On December 9, 2001, Kathleen Peterson was discovered dead after her husband was called to the emergency room. The only person present at the time of the tragedy, he was soon accused of committing the crime.

Just as brilliant in A Serious Man than in Call me by your namenot to mention his performances in Fargo and most recently Your Honor, Michael Stuhlbarg once again shows us the extent of his talents as David Rudolf, Michael Peterson's memorable lawyer.

Highly publicized from the 1980s onwards and considered one of America's most prominent trial lawyers, he explained that the Peterson case was "the most overwhelming experience of [his] legal career."

Candace Hunt Zamperini is Kathleen Peterson's sister. Initially convinced of her brother-in-law's innocence, she recanted after reading the autopsy and the many revelations about Michael Peterson's private life. This is Rosemarie DeWitt (United States of Tara), who reunites with Toni Collette to play her grieving sister on screen.

Cock-a-doodle-doo! Rightly considered one of France's greatest actresses, Juliette Binoche underlines once again that she doesn't just shine in France. She brings her talent to The Staircase as Sophie Brunetthe editor of Jean-Xavier de Lestrade's famous documentary, who is about to strike up a love affair with Michael Peterson.

The son of Michael and Patricia Peterson, Todd Peterson returns home from an evening out in December 2001 to find his father facing his stepmother's body and the investigators. A staunch supporter of Michael Peterson in the case, he is played by Patrick Schwarzenegger (Midnight Sun) in The Staircase.

The eldest son of Michael Peterson from his first marriage, Clayton Peterson also supported his father throughout his trial. Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man: A hero's destiny) lends him his features.

Revealed by Game of Thrones, Sophie Turner trades in her Sansa Stark crown to play Margaret Ratliff alongsideOdessa Young (Assassination Nation). Margaret and Martha Ratliff are the daughters of George and Elizabeth Ratliff, close friends of Michael Peterson and his first wife Patricia, when they lived in Germany in 1980.

After the couple's death, Michael and Patricia became the sisters' guardians. The sisters see Michael Peterson as their father, and want to do everything in their power to defend him.

Last seen as Priscilla Presley in the flamboyant Elvis from Baz Luhrmann, Olivia DeJonge is Caitlin Atwater in all 8 episodes of The Staircase. The only biological child of Kathleen Peterson (whom she had with her first husband Fred Atwater), the young woman has always had a very close relationship with her mother.

Like her aunt Candace, she initially defended her father-in-law before changing her mind in the face of autopsy reports and the discovery that he had had affairs with men during his marriage to Kathleen.

Durham County Deputy District Attorney Freda Black is determined to see Michael Peterson convicted. Parker Posey (Party Girl) in the mini-series available on myCANAL. This mother of two has seen her private life marred by this affair. In 2018, she was found lifeless in her home at the age of 57.

Jim Hardin (Cullen Moss) is the prosecutor in the Kathleen Peterson case. He is convinced of Michael Peterson's guilt.

Dr. Deborah Radisch, forensic pathologist on the case and a witness who left a lasting impression, is played by Susan Pourfar (Black Mirror) in The Staircase.
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