Check out photos from the New York City premiere of Ava DuVernay‘s new Netflix movie When They See Us. The star-studded red carpet event took place at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre and was attended by the cast and a number of celebrity guests including Oprah Winfrey, Dapper Dan and the Reverend Al Sharpton.
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.
When They See Us cast members in attendance included Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, Niecy Nash, John Leguizamo, Blair Underwood, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Dascha Polanco, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez, and Asante Blackk.
Other special attendees included veteran actress Suzanne Douglas, Selenis Leyva (Orange Is The New Black), Antoni Porowski (Queer Eye), Brett Gray (On My Block), Carrie Preston (CLAWS) and Jenn Lyon (CLAWS)