More casting additions have been added "The Roots" remake that will air in 2016. Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin have been added to the film based on the Alex Haley novel and film that was released in 1976. Also Roots drummer Questlove will serve as excuetive music producer. Roots will air simultaneously on A&E, Lifetime, and the History channel it will be a four night 8hr mini-series with different directors for each episode, one of the most notable names is Mario Van Peebles and Laurence Fishburne has signed on to portray Alex Haley. Here's a list of some the cast below: * Forest Whitaker (\u201cLee Daniels\u2019 The Butler,\u201d \u201cSouth Paw\u201d) will play\u00a0Fiddler, a slave who tries to mentor Kunta Kinte and ends up risking his own life to help him escape. * Anna Paquin (\u201cTrue Blood\u201d) plays\u00a0Nancy Holt, the wife of a Confederate officer who happens to have her own agenda when it comes to handling the slaves. * Jonathan Rhys Meyers (\u201cThe Tudors\u201d) plays\u00a0Tom Lea, an uneducated slave owner who is desperate to claw his way into the elite company of Southern gentility. * Anika Noni Rose (\u201cDream Girls,\u201d \u201cThe Good Wife,\u201d \u201cThe Princess and the Frog\u201d) plays\u00a0Kizzy, Kunta Kinte\u2019s cherished, smart daughter who maintains her family pride and warrior spirit. * Chad L. Coleman (\u201cThe Walking Dead,\u201d \u201cThe Wire\u201d) plays\u00a0Mingo, the stern no-nonsense slave who really keeps the Lea plantation afloat. * Reg\u00e9-Jean Page (\u201cWaterloo Road\u201d) plays\u00a0Chicken George, Kizzy\u2019s son who is a handsome social magnet. He knows how to transfix a crowd with a story, yet doesn\u2019t appreciate what he has until his luck abandons him. * Erica Tazel (\u201cJustified\u201d) plays\u00a0Matilda, a preacher\u2019s daughter and love interest to Chicken George. * Derek Luke (\u201cCaptain America: The First Avenger,\u201d \u201cAntwone Fisher\u201d) plays\u00a0Silla Ba Dibba, a military trainer charged with transforming teen boys into powerful Mandinka Warriors.