Ava DuVernay has found the stars of her next project.
Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga and John Leguizamo have been tapped to lead the director’s Central Park Five limited series at Netflix. DuVernay will write and direct the four-episode narrative series, which will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color who were convicted of a rape they did not commit.
The series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise — and 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 Wire alum Williams will play Bobby McCray, devoted father of accused teen Antron McCray. Farmiga (Bates Motel) will play Elizabeth Lederer, the Manhattan Assistant District Attorney and lead prosecutor on the case. Leguizamo (Bloodline) will play Raymond Santana Sr., the father of accused teen Raymond Santana Jr.
Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Films, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions, and DuVernay will executive produce the limited series, which is slated to debut in 2019.
Williams is repped by WME, Silver Lining Entertainment and attorneys at Jackoway Tyerman. Farmiga is repped by CAA, Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Peikoff Mahan. Leguizamo is repped by UTA and Sloane Offer.