Ava DuVernay's Central Park Five Lines Up An All-Star Cast For Netflix Series

The five-part series looks at the infamous case in which five men were wrongfully convicted -- and later acquitted -- of raping a Central Park jogger in 1989.

True crime buffs get ready, ‘cos the cast of Ava DuVernay’s upcoming Central Park 5 series for Netflix is coming together in what’s set to be a star-studded event.

The Wire’s Michael K. Williams, Bates Motel’s Vera Farmiga and Tony Award winner John Leguizamo have each signed on for the production, which takes a look at the notorious 1989 case in which five young black men were wrongly convicted of a brutal rape that took place in Manhattan's famous park.

It will be the second Netflix project for DeVurnay, who was nominated for an Oscar for 2016 documentary 13th which examined the criminal justice system, private prisons and the mass incarnation of black men in the United States.

NYC Councilman Charles Barron leads protests in 2002 in over conviction of the five Harlem men. Image: Getty.

"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 colour 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."

Kevin Richardson, one of the five men wrongfully convicted, after it was announced that the men had settled with New York City for $40 million. Image: Getty.

The five-part series will follow the story of the five teens from Harlem -- Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise -- after they were wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meili, and will span from when they were initially questioned in 1989 through to their exoneration in 2014.

The series begins production in New York City next month -- and we can't wait!

Feature image: Getty