A+E Networks announces its remake of Roots will premiere on Memorial Day, airing over four consecutive nights at 9:00pm ET/PT, beginning Monday, May 30, 2016. The series will simulcast across A&E, History, and Lifetime. You can watch the official trailer.
The cast of Roots includes Forest Whitaker as Fiddler and Anna Paquin as Nancy Holt. Laurence Fishburne is Alex Haley. Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays Tom Lea. Anika Noni Rose is Kizzy. Tip “T.I.” Harris is Cyrus. Emayatzy Corinealdi plays Belle. Matthew Goode is Dr. William Waller. Mekhi Phifer plays Jerusalem. James Purefoy is John Waller. Regé-Jean Page is Chicken George, and Malachi Kirby is Kunta Kinte.
Here is more information from the press release:
HISTORY’S EPIC EVENT SERIES “ROOTS” SET TO PREMIERE ON MEMORIAL DAY 2016
NEW YORK, NY – February 11, 2016 – HISTORY(R) premieres “Roots” on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. “Roots” will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to HISTORY.
The stellar cast includes Academy Award(R) winners Forest Whitaker (“Fiddler”) and Anna Paquin (“Nancy Holt”); Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy Award(R) winner Laurence Fishburne (“Alex Haley”); Golden Globe Award(R) winning and Emmy Award(R) nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“Tom Lea”); Tony Award(R) winner Anika Noni Rose (“Kizzy”); Grammy Award(R) winner Tip “T.I.” Harris (“Cyrus”); Emayatzy Corinealdi (“Belle”); Matthew Goode (“Dr. William Waller”); Mekhi Phifer (“Jerusalem”); James Purefoy (“John Waller”) and introduces Regé-Jean Page (“Chicken George”) and Malachi Kirby (“Kunta Kinte”).
“‘Roots’ will allow new audiences to experience this epic family saga with a new vision that is both incredibly inspiring and tremendously entertaining,” said Buccieri. “We are proud that HISTORY will be able to bring new life to this incredible story that remains as important today as it did when the original ‘Roots’ first premiered.”
“Nearly 40 years ago I had the privilege to be a part of an epic television event that started an important conversation in America,” said LeVar Burton, Co-Executive Producer. “I am incredibly proud to be a part of this new retelling and start the dialogue again, at a time when it is needed more than ever.”
“Roots” is an A+E Studios production in association with Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization, the company that produced the original “Roots.” Will Packer, Marc Toberoff, Mark Wolper, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal and Barry Jossen serve as executive producers. LeVar Burton and Korin D. Huggins are co-executive producers. Questlove is executive music producer. “Roots” is directed by Phillip Noyce, Mario Van Peebles, Thomas Carter and Bruce Beresford. Arturo Interian and Michael Stiller serve as Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY. A+E Networks handles international distribution for “Roots.”
HISTORY(R), now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate features a roster of signature series including “Pawn Stars,” “American Pickers,” “Swamp People,” “Alone” as well as the hit drama series “Vikings.” The HISTORY website is located at history.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/history and Facebook at facebook.com/history.
About A+E Studios
A+E Studios is the studio unit of the award-winning global media company A+E Networks, LLC. A+E Studios creates, produces and distributes high quality scripted programming across all networks and platforms in the A+E Networks portfolio, including A&E(R) Network, Lifetime(R), History(R), LMN(R), FYI(TM), H2(R) and A&E IndieFilms(R). A+E Studios’ slate of programming consists of scripted series, event series and movies, including the upcoming event mini-series Roots for HISTORY, A&E and Lifetime, UnREAL for Lifetime and Sons of Liberty(TM) and Houdini for HISTORY.
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