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‘The Staircase’ Music Supervisor on Finding Right Tunes for Crime Drama

Jazz Tangcay Artisans EditorHBO Max’s “The Staircase” marks the fifth collaboration for music supervisor Randall Poster and creator Antonio Campos. Poster says that the journey has helped build a musical rapport. When it came to finding the perfect needle drop moments for the true-crime series starring Colin Firth and Toni Collette, Poster looked to music that would help tell the story rather than rely on the musical tastes of the characters.“The Staircase” retells the death of Kathleen Peterson, played by Collette, from a fall from a staircase in her home.

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, the captivating HBO Max true-crime series, explores the complicated lives of Michael Peterson, who is suspected of killing his wife, Kathleen, after she is found dead at the bottom of the stairs, and members of his large family, who are trying to cope with the unexpected death of their matriarch all the revelations that emerged in the investigation that followed. Inspired by the real-life story that was first captured in the Netflix docuseries of the same name and later lampooned in season 1 of NBC’s, the limited scripted series adapted by showrunners Maggie Cohn and creator Antonio Campos features an all-star cast, including Colin Firth as Michael and Toni Collette as Kathleen as well as Dane DeHaan, Odessa Young, Olivia DeJonge, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Sophie Turner as their various kids. Additionally, Juliette Binoche, Michael Stuhlbarg, Parker Posey, Rosemarie DeWitt, Tim Guinee and Vincent Vermignon appear as extended family members and other people involved in the investigation. While Michael’s story may be familiar to some, especially given the attention that surrounded the many iterations of the docuseries and the scripted parody that followed, ET has put together a guide to the sprawling Peterson family, the various theories surrounding Kathleen’s death as well as the ins and outs of the HBO Max series. “While it feels like this story has kind of been told before, the reality is there's so much of the story that hasn’t been explored,” Campos said, with Firth adding that this version “messes with your expectations.” Michael’s immediate family is quite large – and quite layered – especially considering it’s a blended family made up of kids from previous marriages and the adoption of two daughters.
The Staircase trailer released by HBO Max as Colin Firth stars as Michael Peterson in miniseries
HBO Max on Thursday released a new trailer for The Staircase, a miniseries centered around the case of North Carolina crime novelist Michael Peterson, played by Colin Firth, who is convicted of murdering his wife Kathleen, portrayed by Toni Collette.The miniseries examines the Peterson family's travails ahead of Kathleen being found dead at the bottom of a staircase in the family home on December 9, 2001; and the murder allegations against Michael, who authorities said killed his spouse by throwing her down a staircase.In the trailer, Kathleen is seen toasting her relatives during a family dinner: 'I’d like to make a toast to so many better days ahead; every day is going to be an adventure, so always stop and think: This is one of the happiest days of my life.' The latest:HBO Max on Thursday released a new trailer for The Staircase, a miniseries centered around the case of North Carolina crime novelist Michael Peterson (played by Colin Firth, 61) who is convicted of murdering his wife KathleenThe trailer then transitions to a police scene outside the family home following Kathleen's death, with audio of Michael reporting the incident to 911 operators.'My wife, she had an accident, she fell down the stairs - she’s not breathing,' he said.