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The Central Park Five is an upcoming American drama web television miniseries created by Ava DuVernay that is set to premiere in 2019 on Netflix. DuVernay also serves as a writer for the series and is expected to direct every episode. The series documents the famous Central Park jogger case from 1989 in which a jogger was attacked in Central Park in New York City. In that case, five juvenile males were subsequently convicted of the crime before being exonerated in 2002.

The Central Park Five extends "from 1989 when five Harlem teens were incorrectly convicted first in the media and then twice in the courts for the brutal rape of a jogger in the NYC park to 2014 when Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise saw their names finally cleared."


  • Jharrel Jerome as Korey Wise
  • Jovan Adepo as Antron McCray
  • Caleel Harris as Young Anton McCray
  • Chris Chalk as Yusef Salaam
  • Ethan Herisse as Young Yusef Salaam
  • Freddy Miyares as Raymond Santana
  • Marquis Rodriguez as Young Raymond Santana
  • Justin Cunningham as Kevin Richardson
  • Asante Blackk as Young Kevin Richardson
  • Michael K. Williams as Bobby McCray
  • Vera Farmiga as Elizabeth Lederer
  • John Leguizamo as Raymond Santana Sr.
  • Felicity Huffman as Linda Fairstein
  • Niecy Nash as Delores Wise
  • Aunjanue Ellis as Sharone Salaam
  • Kylie Bunbury as Angie Richardson
  • Marsha Stephanie Blake as Linda McCray
  • Storm Reid as Lisa
  • Joshua Jackson as Mickey Joseph
  • Christopher Jackson as Peter Rivera
  • Adepero Oduye as Nomsa Berth
  • Omar Dorsey as Elombre Brath
  • Blair Underwood
  • Famke Janssen as Nancy Ryan
  • William Sadler
  • Aurora Perrineau

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Premiere date released, name changed, and a new trailer!

Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Gets Netflix Debut Date, New Name + Teaser


The four-part series formerly known as Central Park Five will be called When They See Us and will be going global on the streamer on May 31, the Oscar-nominated director revealed this morning.

“In 1989, five black and brown teen boys were wrongly accused of a crime they did not commit and branded The Central Park Five, a moniker that has followed them since that time. In 2019, our series gives the five men a platform to finally raise their voices and tell their full stories,” said DuVernay today on the name change.

“In doing so, Korey, Antron, Raymond, Kevin and Yusef also tell the story of many young people of color unjustly ensnared in the criminal justice system,” the 13th and A Wrinkle In Time helmer added. “We wanted to reflect this perspective in our title, embracing the humanity of the men and not their politicized moniker.”

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