DuVernay previously collaborated with Netflix on her documentary, 13th.
Based on the true story of what was deemed the Central Park Five, When They See Us retells the story of five young African-American and Latino boys (Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise) who were falsely accused (and charged) with attacking a female jogger in Central Park in the spring of 1989.
Already the subject of a 2012 documentary by Ken and Sarah Burns, When They See Us will take a narrative approach to the material and will co-star Vera Farmiga, Felicity Huffman, Famke Janssen, John Leguizamo, Blair Underwood, and Michael K. Williams.
The series will be lensed by Oscar nominee Bradford Young (Arrival), one of the country's most talented DPs who is a frequent collaborator of DuVernay's, and his skillful eye already shows in the teaser trailer released below. At first glance, his use of a 180-degree camera angle that takes us from one of the boy's bedrooms to being interrogated by police officers is mightily impressive.
Complete with a powerhouse team of Executive Producers that includes Oprah Winfrey and Jane Rosenthal, When They See Us should be one of television's most prestigious events of the spring.
When They See Us will premiere on Netflix on May 31st, 2019.
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