We now know the next project Ava DuVernay is bring to Netflix. She is teaming up with the stream company to produce a limited series on the Central Park Five.
The series, which is written and directed by DuVernay, will focus on the lives of the five New York teens, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, who were wrongfully convicted of the brutal rape that occurred in 1989.
DuVernay will keep the series true-to-life and chronicle the entirety of the 25-year court process, beginning in the spring of ’89 when the strangers were first questions, and coming to close in 2014 when the Harlem men were exonerated and reached a $41 million settlement with the city of New York.
Featured actors will include the highly acclaimed John Leguizamo (who will play Raymond Santana Sr., the father of 14-year-old Raymond Santana Jr.), Michael K. Williams (who will play Bobby McCray, the devoted father of 15-year-old Antron McCray Williams), and Vera Farmiga (who will portray Elizabeth Lederer, the Manhattan Assistant District Attorney and lead prosecutor on the case).
The Netflix Original is set to make its global premiere to the service in 2019.