A five-part drama series is coming to Netflix in 2019 that looks to recount the now notorious case of five teenagers convicted of a rape which they didn’t commit. It’s been in development for a while and here’s what we know about the series before its release next year.
What’s the series about?
The series looks to recreate the events of the criminal case of “The Central Park Five.” Five African-Americans were blamed for the rape and assault of a jogger in Central Park in Manhatten, New York.
The series isn’t a documentary as much as a dramatization of the story. If you’re looking for a documentary, Ken Burns released one in 2012.
How many episodes will there be?
Although four episodes are reported on IMDb, there are in fact, five episodes in Season 1 of Central Park Five.
Who’s behind the series?
The limited series will come from Ava DuVerney, a movie/TV industry veteran. She’s served as a producer, director, and writer and she’ll be appearing as all three on The Central Park Five. Some of the credits to her name include Selma (currently on Netflix UK), A Wrinkle in Time (currently on Netflix US) and Middle of Nowhere.
This isn’t her first project with Netflix either. She had a hand in the 2016 Netflix Original documentary 13th, which scored an Oscar nomination.
Casting for Central Park Five
The cast for the title was announced earlier in 2018 with a range of different actors and actresses selected. There’s a few you’ll definitely recognise but others who may not have been on your radar.
|Jovan Adepo||Antron McCray||Fences, Overlord, The Leftovers|
|Blair Underwood||Bobby Burns||Deep Impact, Rules of Engagement|
|Famke Janssen||Nancy Ryan||Hemlock Grove, X-Men|
|Joshua Jackson||Mickey Joseph||The Affair, D2: The Mighty Ducks|
|Marsha Stephanie Blake||Linda McCray||Orange is the New Black|
|Marsha Stephanie Blake||Kylie Bunbury||Pitch, Game Night, Under the Dome|
|Chris Chalk||Yusef Salaam||12 Years a Slave, Gotham|
Thrilled to welcome new members to our CENTRAL PARK FIVE cast family! Warm welcome to Blair, Josh, Famke, Adepero, Omar, Bill, Chris + Aurora! pic.twitter.com/rCk8H7gsec
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 24, 2018
Netflix’s Twitter account called “Strong Black Lead” also Tweeted back in August with the names of additional actresses involved in the project.
My heart is full…
Marsha Stephanie Blake
& Storm Reid
— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) August 3, 2018
Here are a few other Tweets from cast members either announcing their involvement or showing the development of the series.
So I've been doing a little something on this the last couple of months.
— Reece Noi (@ReeceNoi) November 7, 2018
You can see a full cast list available on IMDb.
Where is the series in production?
The series was first announced during the summer of 2017 so it will have been in development for two years by the time it arrives. The casting was completed in July 2018. Filming began in August 2018 and wrapped in November 2018.
— ARRAY (@ARRAYNow) November 3, 2018
Will Donald Trump make an appearance?
Donald Trump, the current President of the United States plays a role in this story, too, and talk of it has resurfaced in recent years. In fact, when people claim the US President is racist, this case is often presented as being major evidence.
Looking through the cast, no one is set to play the real estate mogul, but he may be mentioned in passing or have some role to play in the series.
It’s also worth mentioning that Ava on Twitter has mentioned Donald Trump by name when referring to her new title.
On this day in 1989, Trisha Meili was beaten and raped in Central Park. Five black and brown boys – Korey, Antron, Raymond, Kevin and Yusef – were arrested, tried, convicted + sentenced to prison. @RealDonaldTrump called for their death. They were innocent. pic.twitter.com/qocHLXnluf
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 19, 2018
More pictures from the series
Will there be a Season 2 of The Central Park Five?
No. As we’ve stated above, this is a limited series. Netflix has produced several of these in the past and hasn’t ever gone back on their word in producing a second season. Given the show is following real-world events, it’s safe to assume the entire story will be covered in Season 1.
When will the series be released on Netflix?
No release date has been announced as of yet. With production now finished, we’re expecting it to release in early 2019.
Are you looking forward to this new series? Let us know in the comments.