Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park 5’ Lands All-Star Cast

Ava DuVernay’s Central Park 5 has landed an all-star cast.

Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga as well as also John Leguizamo are joining the four-episode limited series, Netflix announced Monday. Created by DuVernay, who directed A Wrinkle in Time as well as also the Oscar-nominated 13th, will write as well as also direct.

Based on a true story, Central Park 5 will chronicle the notorious case of 5 teenagers of coloring who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The episodes will focus on the 5 teenagers through Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana as well as also Korey Wise. The series will begin through the spring of 1989, when each were first questioned about the incident, to 2014 when they were exonerated as well as also a settlement was reached with the city of brand new York.

Williams (The Night Of, The Wire) will play Bobby McCray, devoted father of accused teen Antron McCray. Farmiga will portray Elizabeth Lederer, the Manhattan Assistant District Attorney as well as also lead prosecutor on the case. Leguizamo will play Raymond Santana Sr., the father of accused teen Raymond Santana Jr. 

DuVernay confirmed the castings on her Instagram, posting a Frederick Douglass quote shortly after the news was made official: “Where justice is usually denied, where poverty is usually enforced, where ignorance prevails, as well as also where any one class is usually made to feel which society is usually an organized conspiracy to oppress as well as also degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

Williams also expressed his excitement over his involvement within the project, writing on Instagram, “This specific story is usually everything which is usually wrong with our criminal justice system #juvenilecriminaljusticereformNOW!#centralpark5 #innocent.”

Leguizamo was equally enthusiastic, praising DuVernay in his Instagram post: “This specific powerful story needs to be told!!! So proud to b a part of which! #avaDuvernay is usually a monster can’t wait to throw down with her!”

Central Park 5 premieres on Netflix in 2019.

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