Laurence Fishburne to Star in ‘Roots’ Remake

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Laurence Fishburne to Star in ‘Roots’ Remake

LOS ANGELES, July 1, 2015 – (UPI) – In 1977, ABC released the Roots mini series based on the book by Alex Haley; 38 years later, A&E is remaking the groundbreaking mini series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, A&E has cast Oscar-winner Laurence Fishburne to star in the remake. Fisburne will be playing author Alex Haley, Haley was originally played in James Earl Jones in the 1977 special.

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The A&E remake is described as an original, contemporary production and will include more material from Haley’s novel, Deadline reports. The event will be simulcast on A&E, History and Lifetime in 2016.

Deadline also reported that LeVar Burton, who was part of the original 1977 cast, will co-executive produce.

Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization are the original production company for the 1977 ABC special.

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