Niecy Nash is sinking her claws into the true-crime genre.
The actress is one of five women to join Netflix’s upcoming miniseries Central Park Five, the streaming giant announced Friday.
The four-episode, scripted series will tell the story of a 1989 case in which five Harlem teenagers — Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Korey Wise and Raymond Santana — were wrongfully accused of raping a female jogger in New York’s Central Park. The case became a tabloid sensation that ended with the teens’ conviction and prison sentencing — but after another man confessed to the crime years later, the five men were exonerated and released. They ultimately won a multimillion-dollar settlement from the city for their wrongful conviction.
Nash — who is currently starring in TNT’s crime drama Claws — has signed on to play Delores Wise, mother of Korey Wise. Also freshly cast in the project: Kylie Bunbury (Pitch) as Angie Richardson, sister of Kevin Richardson; Aunjanue Ellis (Quantico) as Sharone Salaam, mother of Yusef Salaam; Marsha Stephanie Blake (Orange Is the New Black) as Linda McCray, mother of Antron McCray; and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time) as Lisa, a friend of Korey Wise.
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Previously announced cast members include Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo and Felicity Huffman. Ava DuVernay (Queen Sugar) will write and direct Central Park Five, which is slated for a 2019 release.