“You are Kunta Kinte.” History has released the first trailer and the premiere date for the A&E remake of the classic mini-series, Roots.
Earlier, we reported that the mini-series will be simulcast on History, A&E, and Lifetime when it premieres.
The eight-hour historical series is based on the original 1976 book by Alex Haley, which was later made into the seminal 1977 mini-series starring LeVar Burton, John Amos, and Ben Vereen. The story chronicles the life of Kunta Kinte, a West African who is sold into slavery in the 18th century. Roots then follows the descendants of Kinte through the American Civil War.
Roots stars Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte in addition to Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Matthew Goode, Anika Noni Rose, and Mekhi Phifer.
Roots premieres on May 30th on History, A&E, and Lifetime.
Watch the trailer below:
What do you think? Did you watch the original 1977 mini-series? Will you watch the remake? Have you read the book by Alex Haley?