Ava DuVernay’s upcoming Netflix limited series about the Central Park Five now has a teaser and a premiere date. Also, “Central Park Five” was its original title. But now, according to Deadline Hollywood, it has a brand new one. Its new title is “When They See Us” and it is coming this May.
Not thugs. Not wilding. Not criminals. Not even the Central Park Five. They are Korey, Antron, Raymond, Yusef, Kevin. They are millions of young people of color who are blamed, judged and accused on sight. May 31. A film in four parts about who they really are. WHEN THEY SEE US. pic.twitter.com/QQBVqo4TYM
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 1, 2019
DuVernay revealed the teaser trailer in the tweet above. Also, she made a statement regarding the name change:
“In 1989, five black and brown teen boys were wrongly accused of a crime they did not commit and branded The Central Park Five, a moniker that has followed them since that time. In 2019, our series gives the five men a platform to finally raise their voices and tell their full stories.”
“When They See Us” tells the true story of five Harlem teens accused of a rape they didn’t commit. The series begins in 1989 when the teens were falsely convicted. First by the media and then twice in court. Eventually, the series runs into 2014 when their names were finally cleared.
In addition to Ava DuVernay’s involvement, the series boasts quite an ensemble cast. For instance, Michael K. Williams, John Leguizamo, Vera Farmiga, and Felicity Huffman star. Meanwhile, Jharrel Jerome of “Moonlight” fame and Jovan Adepo from “Fences” play two of the Central Park Five. Names like Niecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis, Joshua Jackson, and Storm Reid make up the ensemble cast as well. However, those are still just a handful of names.
Much like with “13th,” Ava DuVernay will tackle the subject of minorities being oppressed by the legal system. Also, while the five accused teens were known by their moniker, DuVernay will share their personal backstories which deserve to be told.