The “Roots” Reboot Trailer Proves Alex Haley’s Story Is Another Must-Watch Event (Video)

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Last summer, it was revealed that A&E Studios was remaking Roots. Alex Haley’s 1976 novel was famously filmed for television, premiering on PBS in 1977. Almost 40 years later, the gripping slavery narrative returns—with a host of stars (Forest Whitaker, Lawrence Fishburne, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, among others). Additionally, The Roots’ Questlove is responsible for the eight-part miniseries’ score. LaVar Burton, the star of the original film (as “Kunta Kinte”), is also among executive producers. Mario Van Peebles joins Bruce Beresford as directors.

Based on the just-released trailer, this event will aim to match the discourse and awareness of the late 1970s—with new discussions, opinions, and hopefully, understanding.

The History Channel miniseries film—will air Memorial Day, 2016 (May 30).

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