Ava DuVernay announces open casting call for 'Central Park Five' Netflix series

Ava DuVernay announces open casting call for 'Central Park Five' Netflix series

WAFB - With the abundance of hopes and promises shared by film directors for more inclusion and diversity in casting film and entertainment projects, it seems Ava DuVernay is committed to following through. Her upcoming project, a mini-series chronicling the case surrounding the 'Central Park Five' is hosting a nationwide casting call, open to everyone who wishes to apply.

"For every role, please submit qualified performers, without regard to disability, race, age, color, national origin, ethnic origin or any other basis prohibited by law unless otherwise specifically indicated," reads a document shared on Twitter by the director of 'A Wrinkle in Time.'

The tweet, posted April 20, shares contact information for the casting company along with descriptions for each of the leading roles for the film, with the intention that as many people who are able to see the tweet will respond.

The 'Central Park Five' is a group of then-teenagers who were falsely accused and jailed for attacking and sexually assaulting a jogger in New York's Central Park in 1989. DuVernay's mini-series will follow the case from the initial accusations and questioning which happened in the spring of 1989 up until the group's exoneration in 2014.

Two days prior to the casting call, on the 29th anniversary of the reported crime, DuVernay tweeted out a photograph of an ad credited to Donald Trump in which the writer calls for the group to receive the death penalty for the alleged crime.

While no confirmed premiere date has been released, reports say the mini-series will be produced in part by "Harpo Films," Oprah Winfrey's production company. The two also collaborate on the series "Queen Sugar" for Winfrey's television network OWN.

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