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‘Roots’ miniseries remake gets Memorial Day premiere date

Forest Whitaker will play the role of Fiddler

Forest Whitaker will play the role of Fiddler in "Roots," the History channel's remake of the 1977 groundbreaking TV series that aired on ABC. Here, he attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Dope" in June 2015. Credit: Invision / AP / Chris Pizzello

History channel’s much-anticipated “Roots” remake now has an airdate: It will begin on May 30 (Memorial Day), air for four consecutive nights, and be simulcast on sister channels A&E and Lifetime.

This remake of the epic ABC miniseries stars Forest Whitaker (playing Fiddler) and Laurence Fishburne (playing author Alex Haley) and plenty of other big names. It’s also co-produced by LeVar Burton, who played Kunta Kinte in the 1977 original. He said in a statement:

“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.”

Its producers describe the story as “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.”


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