Sophie Turner Joins HBO Max’s True-Crime Series ‘The Staircase’

Sophie Turner is the latest high-profile star to join HBO Max’s Michael Peterson limited drama series The Staircase.

Game of Thrones alum Turner will play Margaret Ratliff, one of Michael Peterson’s adopted daughters, in the scripted telling of the infamous murder case.

She will feature alongside Colin Firth, Toni Collette, Juliette Binoche, Rosemarie DeWitt and Parker Posey in the eight-part drama.

The series, which comes from Christine director Antonio Campos and American Crime Story writer Maggie Cohn, explores the life of Michael Peterson (Firth), his sprawling North Carolina family and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen (Collette).

DeWitt plays Candace Zamperini, Kathleen Peterson’s sister and Posey plays Freda Black, assistant district attorney and prosecutor in the Peterson case, while Binoche’s character is being kept under wraps.

Margaret Ratliff and her sister Marth were adopted by Peterson after their mother Elizabeth Ratliff, a friend of the Peterson’s, died in Germany, after also being found at the bottom of a staircase. Margaret Ratliff is convinced at her father’s innocence.

The Staircase is written and exec produced by Campos and Cohn, and Campos will direct six of the eight episodes of the show, which is produced by Annapurna Television and HBO Max.

The Staircase started out as a documentary from director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. It told the story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the 16-year judicial battle that followed. De Lestrade was granted unusual access to the case immediately following Kathleen’s death in 2001 in Durham, NC. Her husband, Michael, a local public figure and successful novelist, quickly became the prime suspect and was convicted.

Turner is represented by CAA and Independent Talent Group.

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