The infamous case of five teens from Harlem wrongly convicted of rape will be brought to life in the limited Netflix series, Central Park Five.
The Ava DuVernay-created series is currently in pre-production in New York City and she recently took to Instagram to begin releasing casting information.
Netflix announced the series in July 2017 and confirmed some of the cast members. Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, and John Leguizamo will feature as prominent roles in the series.
The four-part drama, based on a true story, will center around the notorious case of The Central Park Five, when five Harlem teenagers—Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise—were wrongly convicted for the brutal rape of a jogger in Central Park in 1989. The case quickly became a tabloid frenzy, which ended in the conviction and sentencing of the teenagers.
Williams, a two time Emmy nominee, (The Wire, The Night Of), will portray Bobby McCray, the devoted father of Antron McCray, Entertainment Tonight Online reported on Monday. Oscar nominee Farmiga (Up in the Air, Bates Motel) is set to play Manhattan Assistant D.A., Elizabeth Lederer, the lead prosecutor on the case against the five teenagers. Emmy winner and Special Tony Award winner, Leguizamo (Bloodline), will portray Raymond Santana Sr., father of Raymond Santana.
Central Park Five will be executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Films, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions and Ava DuVernay.
No official release date has been set but expect the series to be released sometime in 2019.