In 1999, a young Korean-American girl named Hae Min Lee had gone missing, whose body was later discovered and the authorities concluded that this high school student was killed by manual strangulation. Her former boyfriend Adnan Syed was arrested for the murder when a common friend revealed that he had helped Syed hide the body. Syed has been in prison for more than twenty years now, but remains adamant that he is innocent of the crime.
The case came to light when a podcast called ‘Serial’ detailed the case and spoke to several people associated with the case. This brought about renewed interest in Syed’s case which has now prompted HBO to make a documentary on the case. “Groundbreaking revelations” about the case has been promised by HBO. Syed was even granted a retrial in 2018 after the ‘Serial’ podcast brought national attention to the case.
The show was conceived as a miniseries and first premiered on March 3, 2019. Here’s everything we know about the next season of the show.
The Case Against Adnan Syed Cast: Who is in it?
The series focusses on Syed and his former girlfriend Hae Min Lee who are the two people of central interest in the documentary. Both Syed and Lee were students at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore. Syed has been a prisoner since he was first arrested in 1999 and is now 38 years old. Another important factor in the play will be the testimony of Syed’s friend Asia McClain. Earlier, the appeals court had said that if during Syed initial trial which found him guilty in 2000, the testimony of McClain was presented, it could have “directly contradicted the State’s theory of when Syed had the opportunity and did murder Hae”. McClain herself had earlier written a book to come to her friend’s aid, called ‘Confessions of a Serial Alibi’.
Another important part of the cast is Rabia Chaudry, a close friend of Syed’s and an advocate who is hell-bent on bringing her friend to justice. Some friends of Syed’s also feature in the docuseries. Some of them have even raised some doubts about Syed being the killer. Interviews with Syed’s family and Syed himself are also past of the show. Not to mention, Syed himself is also heard in the show.
Academy Award nominee Amy Berg is the director of this series. Before the show premiered, she said that she will be exploring areas which have hardly been looked into before. Berg used animation and notes from Lee’s journal to make the victim in question also a part of the series. In an interview with the Baltimore magazine, Berg had also said that she believes with the amount of evidence that is at present available to the public, it is simply not possible to convict Syed of the murder.