More casting news has just been announced for the upcoming miniseries, Roots, based on Alex Haley’s 1976 epic novel, that took the world by storm, during that time. Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Last King of Scotland), Anna Paquin (True Blood, X-Men), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Dracula), and Anika Noni Rose (The Princess and the Frog, The Good Wife) have been tapped to play Fiddler, Nancy Holt, Tom Lea, and Kizzy respectively.
Lawrence Fishburne has been cast in the small but pivotal role of Alex Haley (originally played by James Earl Jones), in Roots, the remake scheduled to be simulcast on A&E, Lifetime, and The History Channel. Haley, is the author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family, the basis for the miniseries, along with historical research.
A&E Networks announced some of the upcoming new shows for all of their channels, and it promises to be an exciting television season for the ever-expanding network. Already a force to be reckoned with such hits as Vikings and Pawn Stars on The History Channel, Bates Motel and Duck Dynasty on A&E, and Devious Maids and The Lizzie Borden Chronicles on Lifetime, the network is now set to add Damien, based on the horror movie The Omen, on A&E, and a reimagining of Roots premiering on three channels at once – A&E, Lifetime, and The History Channel. AETV will be dominating soon!
Read the summary of highlights from AETV, plus the Damien and Roots press releases below.