Earlier this month it was announced that Michael K. Williams (The Wire), Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring) and John Leguizamo (John Wick) have been cast in Ava DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) new limited series Central Park Five, and now we have word that Felicity Huffman (American Crime), Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight) and Jovan Adepo (Fences) have signed on for roles.
Central Park Five will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of colour who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four episode limited series 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 were first questioned about the incident, to 2014 when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York.
Huffman is set to play Linda Fairstein, the prosecutor who headed the Manhattan district attorney’s sex crimes office during the case. Jerome will portray Korey Wise, one of the wrongfully convicted five who was charged as an adult in the case and served twelve years in prison before being exonerated, and Adepo has been cast as the exonerated Antron McCray, another member of the wrongfully convicted five, who was released after serving six years in a New York State prison.
Central Park Five is set to air on Netflix in 2019.