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Flipping the script in true-crime series ‘The Staircase’

Toni Collette (pictured in 2020) will star with Colin Firth in the HBO Max limited series.
Toni Collette (pictured in 2020) will star with Colin Firth in the HBO Max limited series.Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP/file

I’m not a rabid fan of true-crime series, but a scripted version of a true crime does hold some appeal, especially since it will feature two fine actors.

Toni Collette will star with Colin Firth in “The Staircase,” an HBO Max limited series based on the docuseries of the same name (available on Netflix). It’s about Michael Peterson, who was convicted of murdering his wife, Kathleen, in 2001. In the twisty case, Peterson claimed that she’d fallen down the stairs after consuming Valium and alcohol, but the autopsy results included blows by a blunt object as part of the cause of death.

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Collette recently starred in Netflix’s excellent procedural miniseries “Unbelievable,” based on the true case of a serial rapist. And Firth recently gave a moving performance (alongside one by Stanley Tucci) in the movie “Supernova.”


Matthew Gilbert can be reached at matthew.gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.