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Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo Join Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Series ‘Central Park Five’

Michael K Williams attends Garden Of Dreams Foundation's 12th Annual Talent Show at Radio City Music Hall on March 27, 2018 in New York City.
Michael K Williams attends Garden Of Dreams Foundation’s 12th Annual Talent Show at Radio City Music Hall on March 27, 2018 in New York City.

*The Netflix limited series “Central Park Five,” created, written and directed by Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay, has added Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga and John Leguizamo to the cast.

Based on a true story that gripped the country, “Central Park Five” will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The episodes will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise.

Williams (The Wire, The Night Of) will play Bobby McCray, devoted father of accused teen Antron McCray.

Leguizamo (Bloodline, John Wick) will play Raymond Santana Sr., the father of accused teen Raymond Santana Jr.

Farmiga (Up in the Air, Bates Motel) will play Elizabeth Lederer, the Manhattan Assistant District Attorney and lead prosecutor on the case.

The four-episode 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.

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 set to premiere on Netflix in 2019.

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