‘When They See Us’ Trailer: Shining Light on the Central Park Five

Netflix just released the official trailer for When They See Us, a limited series based on the true story of five teenagers wrongfully accused of raping a woman in Central Park. The riveting trailer dropped on the 30 year anniversary of the attack, with the four-part series set to premiere on May 31, 2019.

Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay (13th) created the series and co-wrote and directed all four parts. DuVernay also executive produced along with Oprah Winfrey, Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, and Robert De Niro. DuVernay’s co-writers include Attica Locke, Robin Swicord, and Michael Starrbury.

The cast of When They See Us includes Emmy Award nominee Michael K. Williams, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga, Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo, Oscar nominee and Emmy Award winner Felicity Huffman, Emmy Award nominee Niecy Nash, Emmy Award winner Blair Underwood, Emmy Award and Grammy Award winner Christopher Jackson, and Joshua Jackson. The series also features Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez, and Asante Blackk.

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Aunjanue Ellis and Ethan Herisse in ‘When They See Us’ (Photo by Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix)

The Plot, Courtesy of Netflix:

“Based on a true story that gripped the country, When They See Us will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem – Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.”