Felicity Huffman is going from one American crime to another. The actress earned three straight Emmy nominations for Best Movie/Mini Actress for playing various roles in the ABC anthology series “American Crime” (2015-2017). Now she has been tapped to co-star in Ava DuVernay‘s four-part limited series “Central Park Five.” Also joining the cast are a couple of young actors from recent Oscar-winning films: Jharrel Jerome (“Moonlight”) and Jovan Adepo (“Fences”).
“Central Park Five” will tell the true story of five teenagers who were wrongly convicted of rape in New York Ciy. Huffman will play Linda Fairstein, who prosecuted the case for the Manhattan district attorney’s office. Jerome will play one of the accused teenagers, Korey Wise, while Adepo will play another of the teens, Antron McCray. The series will cover the story from 1989, when the suspects were first questioned, to 2014, when they were finally exonerated and reached a settlement with New York.
If the series is a hit, Huffman could follow in the footsteps of actresses who have recently earned Emmy nominations for playing lawyers in true-crime dramas. Sarah Paulson won Best Movie/Mini Actress for playing Marcia Clark in “The People v. O.J. Simpson” in 2016. And this year Edie Falco is nominated in that same category for her role as defense attorney Leslie Abramson in “Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers.”
Jerome previously co-starred in “Moonlight” (2016) as a teenage Kevin, the object of affection for the main character Chiron as Chiron comes to terms with his sexuality. That role earned Jerome a SAG Award nomination as a member of the ensemble cast.
Adepo was nominated for the SAG ensemble award in the same year for his role as Denzel Washington‘s headstrong son in “Fences” (2016). He has also been seen in the HBO series “The Leftovers” and the Darren Aronofsky film “Mother!”
Huffman, Jerome and Adepo join previously announced cast members Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga and John Leguizamo. The limited series will premiere on Netflix in 2019.