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Harrison Ford to star in TV series The Staircase

Harrison Ford in Morning Glory

Story by Jack Folet

HARRISON Ford is returning to TV for the first time since 1993.

The Star Wars legend will head the cast of an adaptation of The Staircase from Annapurna TV, which will be based on the 2004 true-crime docu-series about the murder of Kathleen Peterson and the prime suspect, her husband, novelist Michael Peterson.

Ford will also be an executive producer on the project, which is being offered to networks and streamers.

The original docu-series The Staircase, directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, followed the Peterson case after he was indicted in Kathleen’s 2001 death.

Peterson claimed his wife had fallen down a staircase in her home. But police and prosecutors suspected he bludgeoned her and staged the scene to look like an accident.

The series originally aired on Sundance in the US, with Lestrade updating it with a two-hour sequel in 2013 and then revisiting the case again in 2018 with three new episodes. Netflix released all 13 episodes as one series in June 2018.

Antonio Campos (The Sinner, Afterschool) will write and executive produce the new series with Ford.

Ford’s last appearance on a scripted series came in 1993, when in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. But his early career was filled with small screen appearances, including The Virginian and Gunsmoke.

His recent credits include Blade Runner 2049 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He will next be seen in an adaptation of The Call of the Wild, due for release in February 2020.