A&E’s ROOTS Casting Roundup

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We have the scoop on some additional casting for the reimagining of the mini-series Roots. This cast will be joining Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Laurence Fishburne.

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A+E Networks has announced additional casting for “Roots,” from A+E Studios, including Grammy Award winning recording artist/actor/philanthropist/entrepreneur Tip “T.I.” Harris(Ant-Man, Get Hard, Entourage, The Family Hustle) as “Cyrus,” a headstrong slave who fights for his freedom for the Union Army against Confederate Forces; Mekhi Phifer (ER, House of Lies, Divergent) as “Jerusalem,” a mute slave who works on the Murray plantation, but who is not quite what he appears to be; James Purefoy (The Following, Rome) as “John Waller,” the wealthy owner of a Virginia planation who buys Kunta Kinte as a slave upon his arrival in America; Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, The Good Wife) as “Dr. William Waller,” the educated, charming brother of John Waller; Lane Garrison (Prison Break, Bonnie & Clyde, Camp X-Ray) as “Frederick Murray,” a volatile, unpredictable Confederate officer and slave owner; Emayatzy Corinealdi (Miles Ahead, Hand of God) as “Belle,” the wife of Kunta Kinte and G. Hannelius (Dog with a Blog, Surviving Suburbia) as “Missy,” daughter of John Waller. The four-night, eight-hour event miniseries developed by HISTORY will simulcast on HISTORY, A&E and Lifetime.

Roots is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive, endure and ultimately carry on their legacy despite enormous hardship and inhumanity.  Spanning multiple generations, the lineage begins with young Kunta Kinte, who is captured in his homeland of The Gambia and transported in brutal conditions to colonial America, where he’s sold into slavery.  Throughout the series, the family continues to face adversity while bearing witness and contributing to notable events in U.S. history, including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings and eventual emancipation. The story of Kunta Kinte and the women and men who came after him echoes through the history of millions of Americans of African descent, and reveals powerful truths about the universal resilience of the human spirit.