Patrick Schwarzenegger has gotten his latest TV role after being cast in HBO’s upcoming series, The Staircase.
On Thursday, Deadline Hollywood reported that the 25-year-old actress 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 on the true life story of novelist Michael Peterson (Colin Firth), who was accused of murdering his second wife, Kathleen (Toni Collette) in 2001.
New concert: Patrick Schwarzenegger has got his latest TV role after being cast in HBO’s upcoming series The Staircase. Set in 2019
The eight-episode show has been under development for two years and is based on 2004 documentaries of the same name, which were updated with new episodes in 2018, reports Variety.
The show originally premiered on Canal + before moving to Netflix, where it received widespread attention and critical acclaim. It is also inspired by various books and reports on Michael’s case.
In the series, Patrick plays the role of Todd Peterson, one of Michael’s two sons from his first marriage to Patricia Sue Peterson.
Todd was featured in the documents 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 on 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 appeared in the Netflix documentary series. Todd set in 2014
Like father, like son: Schwarzenegger certainly follows in the footsteps of his famous father with a growing list of film and TV credits. The picture with Arnold in 2017
According to Romper, Todd is quoted in the book as telling officers: ‘They both drink heavily. If you want my opinion, they were probably sharp and she fell. ‘
Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger is certainly following in the footsteps of his famous father Arnold with a growing list of film and TV 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 appearance in the 2019 film Daniel Isn’t Real won praise from critics with Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter for conveying a ‘playful intensity similar to that of his father.’
Coming soon: He’s next seen in Agata Alexander’s directorial debut, the science fiction thriller Warning
Colin and Toni were announced as the show’s leads in late March. Firth replaced Harrison Ford as the star of the show when the Indiana Jones star was originally slated to fill the role of Michael, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The upcoming series is directed by Antonio Campos, who directs six episodes of the show as well as author Maggie Cohn.
HBO Max’s head of original content, Sarah Aubrey, made a statement expressing her confidence in the series’ development team.
‘It’s exciting to work with Antonio Campos, Maggie Cohn and Annapurna Television on the exploration of this true story, rich in dramatic revelations,’ she said.
Campos commented that although he had encountered difficulties in getting the impending alignment off the ground, he was pleased to see his efforts carried out.
Also starring: The news of Patrick’s latest role comes after both Colin Firth (pictured in 2020) and Toni Collette were confirmed for being cast
‘This has been a project I’ve been working on somehow since 2008 … It’s been a long and winding road, but it’s worth the wait,’ he said.
Like his son, Michael, now 77, claimed his spouse had died after falling down the stairs at their home in North Carolina, though police suspected he had killed her and covered up his evidence.
He was eventually convicted of murder, though his sentence was later reduced to voluntary homicide.
Accused: The stairs are centered around the novelist Michael Peterson, who was accused of murdering his second wife, Kathleen, in 2001 (pictured below the trial)
Latest project: The series of eight episodes has been under development for two years and is based on 2004 document series of the same name, which were updated with new episodes in 2018