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The Roots miniseries first aired in 1977. It tells the story of Roots author Alex Haley‘s lineage, his ancestors who were enslaved and the struggle to freedom.

The retelling of Roots will air in four parts, eight hours total, starting on A&E, History and Lifetime on Monday, May 30, 2016, Memorial Day.

LeVar Burton, executive producer, who starred as Kunta Kinte in the original series, said, “Nearly 40 years ago I had the privilege to be a part of an epic television event that started an important conversation in America,” reports

British actor Malachi Kirby (Doctor Who, Jekyll & Hyde) is set to take on the role of Kinte in the 2016 adaptation. Kinte is a dramatized character based on Hayley’s actual ancestor, illustrated in his fact-based novel. Regé-Jean Page (Waterloo Road) is confirmed to take on the role of Chicken George, Kinte’s grandson (based on Haley’s great-greatgrandfather). It might be confusing with two young actors playing grandfather and grandson, but we should make note, the story spans over 20 years and covers multi-generations.

Kirby and Page will be joined by seasoned actors Laurence Fishburne as Alex Haley, Forest Whitaker as Fiddler, Anna Paquin as Nancy Holt, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Tom Lea, Matthew Goode as Dr. William Waller, Anika Noni Rose as Kizzy, and Emayatzy Corinealdi as Belle.

Let’s revisit Roots with the below trailer:

Have you seen Roots before, or is this new to you? 

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Filed Under: Remakes, Roots
By Brigid Brown