'When They See Us', which is set to premiere in May on Netflix, is based on the Central Park Five, a true case of five teenages or colors being convicted of a rape they didn't commit.

AceShowbiz - Netflix has unleashed the first full trailer for its much-anticipated limited series "When They See Us". The trailer of the series, which hails from Ava DuVernay, offers fan a glimpse of what to expect on the upcoming series which is chronicling the Central Park Five, a true case of five teenages or colors being convicted of a rape they didn't commit.

The series opens with a young black guy, with a beaten-up face, being interrogated by police officers. "Is my mom here?" he asks, to which one of the cops responds, "It's just us. You and us."

"Who were you in the park with?" an officer asks in voiceover as the screen flickers to a scene where several young teenagers of color are hanging out at the Central Park Five. "I don't know names. I just got lost," the boy answers. He is later asked whether he saw a Caucasian female jogger, who was severely beaten and raped, at the park.

Despite him telling them that he doesn't see or beat any lady, a person announces that "every black male who was in the park last night is a suspect."

"Whatever they say I did, I didn't," one of the boys being suspected in the case tells his parents. People later notice that "there is injustice happening here," as they are doing a demo by holding a board which reads, "They didn't do it!"

"Why are they doing us like this?" one of the boys asks the others. "What other way they ever do us?" one of them replies in a deadpan manner. "They said if I go along with it, that I could go home. And that's all I wanted," another one of them says, though one other believes that the police will eventually "lie on us. They will lock us up. They will kill us."

"I don't think we should admit to something that we didn't do. Okay. We keep fighting," someone says in voiceover before the trailer concludes.

Created by DuVernay, "When They See Us" follows five young men, played by Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, in the spring of 1989 when they are first questioned about the brutal assault of a Caucasian female jogger in New York’s Central Park. The series later will feature their exoneration in 2002 before they reached a settlement with the city of New York in 2014.

Also starring Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash and Blair Underwood among others, the four-part limited series is directed by DuVernay who co-wrote along with Attica Locke, Robin Swicord and Michael Starrbury. Joining DuVernay through her banner, Array FilmWorks, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey from Harpo Films, and Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh and Robert De Niro from Tribeca Productions executive produced the limited series.

"When They See Us" premieres on May 31 on Netflix.

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