A+E studios released the trailer for “The Roots” remake today and announced the miniseries will premiere during Memorial Day weekend. The remake will air over four nights at 9pm on Monday, May 30th simultaneously on History, A+E and Lifetime channels.
The cast includes A-list actors such as Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Matthew Goode, Mekhi Phifer, James Purefoy, Regé-Jean Page and Malachi Kirby.
“’Roots’ will allow new audiences to experience this epic family saga with a new vision that is both inspiring and tremendously entertaining,” said Paul Buccieri, president of A&E and History. “We are proud that History will be able to bring new life to this powerful 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. 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,” said co-exec producer LeVar Burton.
The original “Roots” miniseries on ABC in January 1977 remains one of the most-watched events in U.S. television history, with the eighth and final night drawing about 100 million viewers — dwarfing even the Super Bowl earlier that month.