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Sophie Turner Joins Michael Peterson’s Drama Series ‘The Staircase’

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Sophie Turner is set to star in the upcoming Michael Peterson drama ‘The Staircase’ for HBO Max. The series, which will be directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and written by Tom Rob Smith, follows the story of Michael Peterson, who was convicted of murdering his wife Kathleen after she was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home.

All About Sophie Turner:

The Game of Thrones actress has joined the cast for a new crime-thriller based on a true story.

Turner, who also starred in Game of Thrones, will play Margaret Ratliff, one of Peterson’s adopted daughters. The Peterson Case was chronicled in a documentary called The Staircase. It also aired on the “Investigation Discovery” channel, with an updated version airing this June (2018).

Turner had kept plenty busy after wrapping on her role of Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones. She has been seen in the plane crash drama Survive, the revenge thriller Heavy, and marrying Joe Jonas last year.

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Sophie Turner will play Margaret Ratliff, one of the adopted daughters of Michael Peterson. She’s best known for her epic role as Sansa Stark on the hit show “Game of Thrones.”

She is also known for portraying Jean Grey in the latest entries in the “X-Men” film franchise, “X-Men: Apocalypse,” and “X-Men: Dark Phoenix.” Most recently, Turner starred opposite Corey Hawkins in the Quibi series, “Survive,” which debuted last year.

She is represented by CAA and Independent Talent Group.

The Staircase Details:

The Staircase is an upcoming Netflix true-crime miniseries based on Michael Peterson (speaking), his North Carolina family, and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen.

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The all-star cast includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Colin Firth, Juliette Binoche, and Toni Collette. The series is written and executive produced by showrunners Antonio Campos (The Devil All the Time) and Maggie Cohn (American Crime Story). The script was developed with input from Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, who wrote on “13 Reasons Why.”


The TV series “The Staircase” was picked up for a full season on HBO Max in March. Of the eight episodes created, showrunners Antonio Campos and Maggie Cohn are slated to write two and direct three.

In 2004, documentarian Jean-Xavier de Lestrade released the original documentary, which looked at the story of Adrienne Le Berd. Over 11 years later after first releasing, Netflix brought it back as a 13-episode series in 2018.

The eight-episode series is based on a documentary and books about the case of Kathleen Peterson, who was accused of murdering her husband, Michael. He claimed she died after falling down the stairs at their home, but police suspected he bludgeoned her to death and staged the scene to look like an accident.

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