The first casting announcement for Ava DuVernay’s upcoming Netflix Central Park Five limited series has been made!
Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga and John Leguizamo are the first to join the cast.
The series, debuting in 2019, will consist of four episodes, all written and directed by DuVernay.
Based on a true story that gripped the country, Central Park Five will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The episodes will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. The series will span from the spring of 1989, when each was first questioned about the incident, to 2014 when they were exonerated, and a settlement was reached with the city of New York.
Emmy nominee Williams play Bobby McCray, the “devoted father of accused teen Antron McCray.” Oscar nominee Farmiga will play Elizabeth Lederer, the Manhattan Assistant District Attorney and lead prosecutor on the case. Emmy winner Leguizamo will play Raymond Santana Sr., the father of accused teen Raymond Santana Jr.
Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Films, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions and Ava DuVernay are executive producing.