Treat Williams, Samaire Armstrong and Kevin Pollak Star in the Lifetime Original Movie 'The Staircase Murders' (Working Title), a Riveting True Crime Story Based on the Disturbing Case of a Best-Selling Novelist Accused of Murdering His Wife
Real Case Has Captured the Attention of Millions with Extensive Media
Coverage on NBC's Dateline, ABC's Primetime Live, CNN and Court TV
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19 -- Treat Williams (Brothers &
Sisters," "Everwood"), Samaire Armstrong ("Entourage," "The O.C.") and
Kevin Pollak ("The Usual Suspects") are set to star in the Lifetime
Original Movie, "The Staircase Murders" (working title), a provocative
drama based on the famed murder case of Michael Peterson, the novelist
accused of killing his socialite wife in their North Carolina home.
Production is underway in Louisiana. Produced by Lionsgate, "The Staircase
Murders" will premiere in April 2007 on Lifetime Television.
"This is a fascinating story with lots of bizarre twists and turns. It
has all the gripping elements of great drama with mysterious deaths,
sensational rumors and shocking revelations," said Libby Beers, Vice
President, Original Movies. Beers continues, "Treat Williams and Kevin
Pollak are perfectly cast to capture the complex mind of Michael Peterson
and his skeptical lawyer David Rudolf, while Samaire Armstrong sensitively
portrays the determination of the grieving daughter."
In "The Staircase Murders," loving father, aspiring politician and
successful New York Times best-selling novelist Michael Peterson (Williams)
was the picture perfect husband to his wife Kathleen. But when a panic-
stricken Michael frantically calls 911 to report Kathleen has accidentally
fallen down the stairs, investigators arrive at their home to discover
several suspicious findings at the crime scene and soon begin to question
the truth about Kathleen's death.
Michael's children, biological sons Todd and Clayton from a previous
marriage, adopted daughters Margaret and Martha and step-daughter Caitlin
(Armstrong), quickly rally to their father's defense until autopsy findings
reveal Kathleen's injuries could not have been sustained by a fall. Shocked
and betrayed by her accused father's actions, Caitlin breaks rank with the
family to publicly accuse Michael of murder.
All the while, Michael consistently maintains his innocence, even going
so far as to allow cameras into his home to document his legal team's
defense strategies. But as the trial looms, shocking discoveries about
Michael's sexuality, previous marriage, war service and the mysteriously
similar circumstances of an old friend are revealed, making even his own
lawyer, David Rudolf (Pollak), question his client.
Treat Williams is an accomplished Broadway stage, theatrical and
television actor, appearing most recently in the ABC drama series "Brothers
& Sisters." Previously, Williams starred in the critically acclaimed WB
drama, "Everwood," as Dr. Andrew Bowen, a role that won him two SAG Award
nominations. He scored his first Golden Globe nomination for his part in
the smash Broadway musical "Hair." He later went on to earn two additional
nods -- one for the feature film "Prince of the City," and the other for
the television adaptation of "A Streetcar Named Desire." Williams also
received an Emmy nomination for Best Actor for his role on the HBO film
"The Late Shift." Williams is also a director, winning two festival awards
for his direction of "Texan" in Showtime's Chanticleer series.
Samaire Armstrong is best known for her role as sassy co-ed Anna on the
Fox drama series "The O.C." She began acting in high school productions
before attending Parsons School of Design which fostered her passion for
design and fashion. Later, she moved to Los Angeles where she was cast in
"Freaks and Geeks," "NYPD Blue," "Judging Amy" and "CSI: Miami." Armstrong
has a recurring role as Emily on HBO's "Entourage." She was recently seen
in the theatrical "Just My Luck" opposite Lindsay Lohan.
Stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Pollak landed his film debut in
George Lucas' "Willow." Pollak received critical acclaim for his work in
"Avalon," but gained wide recognition for his role in Rob Reiner's "A Few
Good Men." Pollak also won fans with his appearances on the cult classic
"The Usual Suspects" and "Casino." Pollak later co-created and co-executive
produced "The Underworld." Recently, he starred alongside Bruce Willis and
Matthew Perry in "The Whole Ten Yards."
"The Staircase Murders" is produced by Lionsgate for Lifetime
Television. Judy Polone ("Widow on the Hill," "Infidelity") serves as
executive producer and Judy Cairo ("One Day") produces. Aphrodite Jones,
who wrote the book "A Perfect Husband" on which this movie is based, serves
as co-producer. Tom McLoughlin (Lifetime Television's "Odd Girl Out,"
"Murder in Greenwich") serves as director and Donald Martin ("The Amber
Frey Story," "Family Sins") wrote the screenplay.
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is the leading independent filmed entertainment
studio, winning this year's Best Picture Academy Award(R) for CRASH,
generating two consecutive years of $300 million-plus domestic theatrical
box office, operating a $500 million-plus home entertainment business and
producing a broad slate of primetime television series for fiscal 2007. It
is a premier producer and distributor of motion pictures, television
programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, and video-on-demand
content. Its prestigious and prolific library is a valuable source of
stable, recurring revenue and is a foundation for growth of the Company's
core business. The Lionsgate brand name is synonymous with original, daring
quality entertainment in markets around the globe.
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SOURCE Lifetime Television