Acclaimed writer/director Ava DuVernay is once again tackling a contentious and heinous moment in the racial history of this country. Scoring big with Selma and the documentary 13th (each scoring on Rotten Tomatoes a 98% and 96%, respectively), DuVernay’s artistic eye will now focus on New York City in 1989. The ground-breaking storyteller is currently developing a limited series for Netflix on the events surrounding the Central Park jogger case and the five men who were wrongly convicted of rape. The series is titled Central Park Five, the name given to those five who were accused, and now there is an update on the actors who have joined the cast.
Deadline broke the story Monday regarding the acting talent that has joined DuVernay’s production. Michael K. Williams (The Wire, The Night Of, 12 Years A Slave), Vera Farmiga (The Departed, Up In The Air, Bates Motel) and John Leguizamo (Carlito’s Way, Summer Of Sam, John Wick) have all signed on for roles in the four-part series.
The series is believed to begin in 1989, focusing on the conviction of the five men, and building up to 2014, when the each of the men were cleared of all charges and received a settlement from New York City for $40 million.The series will most likely feature the moment then-real estate mogul Donald Trump took out full-page advertisements in all four major New York City newspapers, calling for the return of the death penalty regarding the case.
Central Park Five is currently in pre-production in NYC and is slated for a 2019 release on Netflix.
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