Ava DuVernay will write and direct a four-episode narrative series about the Central Park Five case that will premiere on Netflix in 2019. The series will document the notorious case involving five teenagers of color who were convicted of a 1989 rape they did not commit.
In 1989, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise were wrongfully convicted of the 1989 rape and assault of a female jogger in Central Park. The five youths, who were all between 14 and 16 years old at the time, each falsely confessed or made admissions to the crime after hours of interrogation. The false confessions, along with faulty forensic evidence, were used as evidence to convict them.
Salaam, Santana, Richardson and McCray spent approximately five years in prison; Wise was incarcerated for nearly 12 years. There was a break in the case in 2002. DNA evidence from the victim’s rape kit identified an offender with a history of similar rapes, proving that the Central Park Five youth were innocent.
Michael K. Williams (The Wire), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) and John Leguizamo (Bloodline) will star in the Netflix series. Williams will play Bobby McCray, father of Antron McCray; Farmiga will play Elizabeth Lederer, the Manhattan Assistant District Attorney and lead prosecutor on the case; Leguizamo (Bloodline) will play Raymond Santana Sr., father of Raymond Santana Jr.
Stay-tuned for the premiere in 2019!