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The season of the remake lives on with the cast of the upcoming “Roots” reboot just being announced.

According to Shadow & Act, the four-night, eight-hour scripted miniseries coming to A&E will be headed “by Forest Whitaker as ‘Fiddler,’ a slave who tries to mentor Kunta Kinte and risks his life to help him escape; Anika Noni Rose as ‘Kizzy,’ the cherished, smart daughter of Kunta Kinte who maintains her family pride and warrior spirit; Chad L. Coleman as ‘Mingo,’ a stern no-nonsense slave who keeps the Lea plantation afloat; Erica Tazel as ‘Matilda,’ a preacher’s daughter and love interest to ‘Chicken George;’ Derek Luke as ‘Silla Ba Dibba,’ the military trainer of Juffure, charged with transforming teen boys into powerful Mandinka Warriors; Anna Paquin as ‘Nancy Holt,’ the wife of a Confederate officer who has her own agenda when it comes to the handling of slaves; and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as ‘Tom Lea,’ an uneducated slave owner desperate to claw his way into the elite company of Southern gentility.”

Earlier this year it was announced that Laurence Fishburne would star in the miniseries as Alex Haley, the author of the novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family, upon which the original 1977 series was based. Questlove will also serve as Executive Music Producer for the production which is slated to air sometime in 2016. Filming for the project has already begun in New Orleans and will continue on in South Africa later this month.

Are you anxious to see this?



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  • mywordsaremypower

    I’m not sure about this My parents made me watch roots at 13 as I was in another world when it came to race. Who knows this may wake some people up , because I know a few people who have never even heard of this film (until I lent them my copy) and they are black so it makes worse -_-. Even though it may be hard to get as RAW as the original it may garner some interest and they may watch the original. Overall it needed not to be touched just re-released with a HD makeover.

  • Ocean Child

    I don’t think a remake really needs to be done because it’s a classic. But then again they have remade Peter Pan movies every couple of years so…