Back in March, Ava DuVernay announced her long-awaited Netflix series based on the Central Park Five jogger case from the '80s had a new title: When They See Us. She expressed that the new title was necessary, as her "series gives the five men a platform to finally raise their voices and tell their full stories. In doing so, Korey, Antron, Raymond, Kevin and Yusef also tell the story of many young people of color unjustly ensnared in the criminal justice system. We wanted to reflect this perspective in our title, embracing the humanity of the men and not their politicized moniker."
Today, on the 30th anniversary of the incident that inspired the series, Netflix has released the official trailer for When They See Us, which fully encapsulates what Ava was saying regarding telling the story from the perspective of the five individuals who were wrongly convicted of the brutal assault and rape of Trisha Meili in 1989. We're brought back to that fateful night when these teens were arrested and coerced into giving statements that would put them behind bars for several years. You're taken into the interrogation rooms, prison cells, and courtrooms, as it exposes how this situation exploded like it did.
The cast is stacked, featuring everyone from Michael K. Williams and Storm Reid to Jharrel Jerome, John Leguizamo, and Niecy Nash, and the intensity of the series is directly in your face. You can check out the full trailer up above, as well as a synopsis on the series and a grip of new photos down below. When They See Us premieres on May 31.
Based on a true story that gripped the country, When They See Us will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem -- Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.