Fishburne cast in new remake of Roots

By Graeme Wood


aurence Fishburne has been cast as author Alex Haley in A&E Networks “Roots” remake it has been announced, the author was portrayed by James Earl Jones in the original series. The new series will premiere in 2016 on the network.

For those of you that dont know ‘Roots’ is an historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one extended family’s will to survive, endure and ultimately carry on their legacy. The original 1977 epic mini-series won nine Emmys and was seen by 100 million viewers, making it one of the most watched TV broadcasts in the last 40 years. One of the series original stars LeVar Burton (Star Trek) is also a co-executive producer on the project, A&E say the new series will be an original, contemporary production and will incorporate more material from Haley’s novel.

A scene from the original Roots series