In news that has us excitably screeching like a Wookiee, Star Wars legend Harrison Ford is reportedly eyeing up a role in an adaptation of one of the decade’s best true-crime series.
The Staircase, which filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade recently revisited a second time for Netflix, follows novelist Michael Peterson as he is charged with the murder of his wife. He’s later released from jail when a key witness is revealed to have committed perjury.
Spanning 16 years and meticulously filmed, The Staircase gripped viewers when it was re-released with its incredible access to the defence team and their process, even sparking a popular – and potentially credible – theory as to what killed Kathleen.
Now, reports suggest that a TV series based on the documentary is in the works, with Ford tipped to play Michael Peterson, over 15 years since he last appeared on the small screen.
Peterson won his freedom after taking the ‘Alford plea’, prompting The Staircase‘s Lestrade to rule out any further filming.
Speaking to Digital Spy last year, the filmmaker said that the judge had delivered “the final answer, and nobody can come back to that.”
He continued: “That’s the end of the process for us. Sometimes I wish that some other step could be introduced in the court room that we could shoot. But it was not. So yes, it’s finished.”
The Staircase is available to stream on Netflix.
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