Ava DuVernay Announces Casting Call For ‘Central Park Five’ Netflix Mini-Series
Netflix has greenlit Ava DuVernay’s five-part scripted series about the Central Park Five case, which, according to her, has begun casting for the main characters.
Ava DuVernay continues her relationship with the streaming giant, Netflix, by bringing a five-part mini-series about the Central Park Five case to viewers in 2019. According to Variety, Ava DuVernay will write and direct all five installments, which has begun casting, according to a recent post to her Twitter account.
“I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix on 13th and am overjoyed to continue this exploration of the criminal justice system as a narrative project with Cindy Holland and the team there,” said DuVernay. “The story of the men known as Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn — from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the President of the United States.”
— CentralPark5Casting (@CP5CASTING) April 20, 2018
The “Central Park Five” case was an infamous and notorious true story which showcased just how depraved our criminal justice system was-and-is in America. Each part of the limited series will focus on one of the five teenagers who had multiple years taken from them over false accusations and lies. Ava will be casting young teenagers for the roles of Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise — who were all wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meili in Central Park.
Central Park Five 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. “This is one of the most talked-about cases of our time and Ava’s passionate vision and masterful direction will bring the human stories behind the headlines to life in this series,” said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix. “After powerfully reframing the public conversation about criminality and injustice in 13th, Ava now turns a new lens to a case that exposes deep flaws in our criminal justice system.”
Read the casting call above to see if you fit the description, and if so, send the following information to CentralParkFiveCasting@gmail.com.