LOS ANGELES _ Forest Whitaker and Anika Noni Rose are joining the cast of A&E Networks’ “Roots” miniseries remake.
Others in the cast will include Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and newcomer Malachi Kirby as the central figure Kunta Kinte, A&E said Wednesday.
The new project will draw on the late Haley’s book along with new research, A&E said. The 1977 ABC version was a ratings sensation.
Mario Van Peebles and Bruce Beresford were added as directors for the project, which is in production in New Orleans.
No air date has been announced for the “Roots” remake that will debut on the History, A&E and Lifetime channels.
The Canadian Press