Patrick Schwarzenegger landed his last TV role after being cast in HBO’s upcoming series The Staircase.
On Thursday, Deadline Hollywood announced that the 25-year-old actor has joined a star line-up that includes Colin Firth, Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Juliette Binoche, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sophie Turner and Odessa Young.
The limited series centers on the real-life story of novelist Michael Peterson (Colin Firth) who was charged with the murder of his second wife, Kathleen (Toni Collette) in 2001.
New gig: Patrick Schwarzenegger landed his last TV role after being cast in HBO’s upcoming series The Staircase. Seen in 2019
The eight-episode show has been in development for two years and is based on the 2004 docuseries of the same name, which were updated with new episodes in 2018, Variety reports.
The show first aired on Canal + before moving on to Netflix, where it received widespread attention and garnered critical praise. It also draws on various books and reports on Michael’s case.
In the series, Patrick will play the role of Todd Peterson, one of Michael’s two sons from his first marriage to Patricia Sue Peterson.
Todd has been featured in docuseries in which he and his brother Clayton have steadfastly championed their father’s innocence.
He attributed his 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 docuseries. Todd seen in 2014
Like Father, Like Son: Schwarzenegger is definitely following in his famous father’s footsteps, with a growing list of film and TV credits. Photographed with Arnold in 2017
According to Romper, in the book, Todd is quoted as telling the officers, “They both drink a lot. If you want my opinion, they were probably dumb and she fell.
Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger is definitely following in his famous father Arnold’s footsteps, with a growing list of film and television credits.
Patrick recently starred in the Amy Poehler-directed Netflix comedy Moxie, which premiered on Netflix in March. We will then see it in Agata Alexander’s first film, the sci-fi thriller Warning.
Patrick’s performance in the 2019 film Daniel Isn’t Real garnered critical praise with The Hollywood Reporter’s Frank Scheck saying he conveyed a “playful intensity similar to his father’s”.
Coming soon: He will soon be seen in Agata Alexander’s first film, the sci-fi thriller Warning
Colin and Toni were announced as the series’ protagonists at the end of March. Firth replaced Harrison Ford as the star of the series, as the Indiana Jones star was originally supposed to play the role of Michael, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The next series will be directed by Antonio Campos, who will direct six episodes of the series, as well as writer Maggie Cohn.
HBO Max’s head of original content, Sarah Aubrey, made a statement expressing her confidence in the show’s development team.
“It is a pleasure to collaborate with Antonio Campos, Maggie Cohn and Annapurna Television to explore this true story which is full of dramatic revelations,” she said.
Campos said that while he struggled to kick off the next adaptation, he was happy to see his efforts pay off.
Also cast: News of Patrick’s latest role comes after Colin Firth (pictured in 2020) and Toni Collette were confirmed to have been cast
“It’s a project I’ve been working on in one way or another 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 wife died after falling down the stairs at their North Carolina home, although police suspected he had killed her and had concealed its evidence.
He was ultimately convicted of murder, although his sentence was later reduced to intentional homicide.
Accused: The Staircase centers on novelist Michael Peterson, who was charged with the murder of his second wife, Kathleen, in 2001 (pictured at trial)
Latest Project: The eight-episode series has been in development for two years and is based on the 2004 docuseries of the same name, which were updated with new episodes in 2018