Felicity Huffman has joined the cast of director Ava Marie DuVernay‘s limited Netflix series Central Park Five.
The actress, best known for her roles in Desperate Housewives and the ABC crime drama American Crime, will join fellow actors Jharrel Jerome and Jovan Adepo in the true story about 5 teenagers from Harlem, 4 African American and 1 Hispanic, who were wrongly convicted of raping and assaulting Trisha Meili, while she was jogging in Central Park.
The series will span from 1989, when the accident took place, until 2014, where the case was finally settled and the 5 men discharged.
Huffman is set to play Linda Fairstein, the prosecutor who headed the Manhattan district attorney’s sex crimes office during the case, while Jerome (Moonlight) and Adepo, already seen in The Leftovers and Fences, will respectively play Korey Wise and Antron McCray, two of the convicts.
This sounds like a must watch already, given the big names attached. Director DuVernay, who created the series Queen Sugar and directed Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, is sure to give justice to the story that touches delicate issues, like racial discrimination and the wrongdoing of the American justice system.
Huffman, who is a veteran of television and cinema, has a hard role on her hands as prosecutor Linda Fairstain, who was said to have coerced the 5 teenagers to confess the crime.
Jerome and Adepo, meanwhile, are making smart decisions with their career by choosing to portray interesting and meaningful characters. Things are slowly unfolding for the four-part limited series that is scheduled to premiere on Netflix in 2019.