Netflix has announced Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga and John Leguizamo have all joined Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five.
A wrinkle in Time/Selma director has been quickly been choosing the cast for her four-part limited series which is due to start production in August.
Emmy Award Nominee Michael K. Williams (The Wire, The Night Of) will play Bobby McCray, devoted father of accused teen Antron McCray.Academy Award® Nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, Bates Motel) will play Elizabeth Lederer, the Manhattan Assistant District Attorney and lead prosecutor on the case. Emmy Award Winner John Leguizamo (Bloodline, John Wick) will play Raymond Santana Sr., the father of accused teen Raymond Santana Jr.
Central Park Five is a limited series created by Academy Award® Nominee Ava DuVernay. DuVernay will also write and direct the narrative series which will be four episodes. 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.
The series will also mark the fifth collaboration DuVernay with Bradford Young who will be in charge of photography.
Netflix is set to release the limited series of Central Park Five in 2019.