On April 19 Netflix premiered the first full trailer for Ava DuVernay‘s true-crime limited series “When They See Us.” The ensemble drama tells the true story of the Central Park Five, the black and Hispanic teenagers who were wrongly convicted of the 1989 rape of a white woman in New York City. The two-and-a-half-minute clip showcases actors including Michael K. Williams, Jharrel Jerome, John Leguizamo and, yes, Felicity Huffman. Watch it above.
Huffman has been caught up in her own true-crime saga, having pleaded guilty in the recent college admissions scandal. She’s on the other end of the law in “When They See Us,” playing Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein. Vera Farmiga portrays another prosecutor, Elizabeth Lederer, while Joshua Jackson is featured as defense attorney Mickey Joseph. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in the deep cast for this four-part series.
“When They See Us” premieres on May 31, just in time to compete for this year’s Emmys. DuVernay is already a two-time Emmy champ for producing and writing the documentary “13th,” for which she was also nominated for directing. She could be nominated for producing, writing and directing again for this project, and if she wins Best Movie/Mini Directing, she would actually be the first black woman ever to win a Primetime Emmy for directing.
Dramas about the legal system have been popular with Emmy voters in recent years. “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” both won Best Limited Series under FX’s “American Crime Story” banner. ABC’s “American Crime” and HBO’s “The Night Of” have also won multiple Emmys in recent years. Will we see “When They See Us” among the top contenders when this year’s nominees and winners are announced later this year?
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