Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five series continues to bolster its already stellar ensemble as Variety reports that Niecy Nash (Claws, Scream Queens), Aunjanue Ellis (Quantico, Designated Survivor), Kylie Bunbury (Pitch, Game Night), Marsha Stephanie Blake (Getting On, Orange is the New Black) and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time) are set to join the Netflix series.
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 were first questioned about the incident, to 2014 when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York.
Michael K. Williams (The Wire, The Night Of) is set to play Bobby McCray, devoted father of accused teen Antron McCray; with Vera Farmiga (Up In the Air, Bates Motel) playing Elizabeth Lederer, the Manhattan Assistant District Attorney and lead prosecutor on the case; and John Leguizamo (Bloodline, John Wick) playing Raymond Santana Sr., the father of accused teen Raymond Santana Jr.
DuVernay will write and direct the four-episode narrative series, which is set to arrive on Netflix in 2019.
Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Films, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions and Ava DuVernay will executive produce the limited series.
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