1:30pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Ava DuVernay's 'Central Park Five' Series Adds Niecy Nash, Storm Reid and Kylie Bunbury
More stars are lining up to board Ava DuVernay's Central Park Five limited series.
Niecy Nash (Claws), Aunjanue Ellis (Quantico), Kylie Bunbury (Pitch), Marsha Stephanie Blake (Crown Heights) and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time) have all been cast in the four-episode Netflix series, which will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. They join previously cast stars Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Jharrel Jerome and Jovan Adepo.
Central Park Five will center on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise — and will span from the spring of 1989, when each was first questioned about the incident, to 2014 when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York.
Nash will play Delores Wise, the mother of Korey Wise; Ellis will play Sharone Salaam, the mother of Yusef Salaam; Bunbury will play Angie Richardson, the sister of Kevin Richardson; Blake will play Linda McCray, the mother of Antron McCray; and Reid will play Lisa, a friend of Korey Wise.
DuVernay, who directed Disney's A Wrinkle in Time, will write and direct the show. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Films, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions, and DuVernay will executive produce the limited series, which is set to debut in 2019.
Reid is repped by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Fred Toczek, while Bunbury is represented by ICM, Principal Entertainment and attorney Cheryl Snow.