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 retrial has been guaranteed as one of Syed’s school friends had claimed meeting and talking with him the day the murder has been said to take place, thus giving him an alibi.
The Case Against Adnan Syed Season 1 Cast: Who is in it?
The series will surely be focussing on Syed and his former girlfriend Hae Min Lee who will be 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 will surely be 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 are also set to 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 expected as HBO had stated that there will be “exclusive access to Syed” in the documentary series. Audiences might get to know something more about the case than what was revealed during the Serial podcast.
Academy Award nominee Amy Berg is the director of this series. While she has said that she will be exploring areas which have hardly been looked into before, Berg is also using animation and notes from Lee’s journal to make the victim in question a true part of a series that has to do with her abduction and murder. In an interview with the Baltimore magazine, Berg had 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.
The Case Against Adnan Syed Season 1 Plot: What is it about?
A young school student was murdered in cold blood in Baltimore and her body was hidden in a shallow grave. Her former boyfriend, Adnan Syed was found guilty of her murder when a friend of his testified that he had helped Syed hide the body. Some say that in the recordings of the interrogation of this friend, namely Jay Wilds, it has been noticed that Wilds only spoke whenever there was a sound of a tap heard. However, investigators have found out while tracing Syed cellphone signal that he was indeed present at Leakin Park in West Baltimore during the day of the murder, the same place where Lee’s body was later found. What HBO has attempted is to try and sieve through this bunch of information and come to a clearer picture of what actually went down that day. We can expect extensive interviews of various people, including the families of both the accused and the victim, and get an overall picture of the story. The documentary might also help Syed in his case as he gets ready to fight a new trial once again. HBO has been making this documentary since 2015, soon after the podcast released to unprecedented popularity. Having taken more than three years to make it, we can expect that they will surely cover all bases and will not leave things simply on sensationalism and hypothesis.
The Case Against Adnan Syed Season 1 Release Date: When does it premiere?
This highly anticipated documentary has been in the works since 2015 and will finally be making its premiere on March 10, 2019. The series will be aired on HBO for a period of four weeks. This will be another talked-about HBO documentary after their recently-released ‘Leaving Neverland‘ on accusations against Michael Jackson against child molestation sent shockwaves across the world and polarized viewers. HBO seems to be the ruler of television this season with these two hugely popular documentaries and then the premiere of ‘Game of Thrones‘ is set to take the world by storm on April 14. Another of their documentaries, ‘The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley’ about a fraud blood-testing company owned by Elizabeth Holmes will also be premiering this month, on March 13. HBO has always shown great mettle in making documentaries for decades, but it was never anticipated that documentary series will start becoming as important and popular as fictional shows. For context, ‘Leaving Neverland’ was watched by 1.5 million people in total. It was the highest viewership count they have managed for a documentary in almost a decade.