Roots

Roots

Roots is a 2016 American miniseries and a remake of the 1977 miniseries with the same name. It first aired on May 30, 2016 and stars Malachi KirbyForest WhitakerAnna PaquinLaurence FishburneJonathan Rhys MyersAnika Noni RoseT.I. and South African actress Nokuthula Ledwaba. It was produced on a budget of $50 million.

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The History channel commissioned a remake of the miniseries after acquiring rights from David L. Wolper's son, Mark Wolper, and Alex Haley's estate. The new eight-hour miniseries, with Mark Wolper as executive producer, drew on Haley's novel and the original miniseries albeit from a contemporary perspective. In April 2015, it was announced that along with The History Channel, Lifetime and A&E would also broadcast the remake of the Rootsminiseries. Will PackerMarc Toberoff and Mark Wolper will executive produce it alongside Lawrence Konner and Mark RosenthalLeVar Burton, star of the original series, and Korin Huggins will co-executive produce it.

On February 11, 2016, a trailer for the remake of Roots was released and Paul Buccieri, president of A&E and The History Channels, announced that the four night, 8-hour event series would premiere on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. The ensemble cast includes Forest Whitaker as Fiddler, Anna Paquin as Nancy Holt, Lane Garrison as Frederick Murray, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Tom Lea, Anika Noni Rose as Kizzy, Tip Harris as Cyrus, Emayatzy Corinealdi as Belle, Matthew Goode as Dr. William Waller, Mekhi Phifer as Jerusalem, James Purefoy as John Waller, introduces Regé-Jean Page as Chicken George andMalachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte, South African actress Nokuthula Ledwaba as Binta Kinte - Kunta's mom and Laurence Fishburne as Alex Haley.