Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five cast has added a powerful female line-up today. Joining the limited series in supporting roles are Emmy Award nominee Niecy Nash (Claws), Aunjanue Ellis (Quantico), Kylie Bunbury (Game Night, Pitch), Marsha Stephanie Blake (Crown Heights), and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time).
Niecy Nash will play Delores Wise, mother of Korey Wise; Aunjanue Ellis will play Sharone Salaam, mother of Yusef Salaam; Kylie Bunbury will play Angie Richardson, sister of Kevin Richardson; Marsha Stephanie Blake will play Linda McCray, mother of Antron McCray; and Storm Reid will play Lisa, a friend of Korey Wise.
Based on a true story that gripped the country, the series will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four-episode 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.
It was previously-announced that Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Jharrel Jerome and Jovan Adepo joined the cast. Ava DuVernay will write and direct the narrative series. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Films, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions and Ava DuVernay will executive produce.
The limited series will be released on Netflix on 2019.