"Roots" has been redone for a new generation, this time with a lot of location shooting (much of it in Louisiana) and a cast including two Oscar winners (Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin). Based in part on Alex Haley's book "Roots," one thing remains: A relative unknown, Malachi Kirby, plays Kunta Kinte, whose journey the audience follows from a free, powerful man in Africa to a slave in the U.S.
Before you settle in with the four-episode series, which starts May 30 and airs on consecutive nights on History, get to know the cast.
Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte
Anika Noni Rose as Kizzy
Anna Paquin as Nancy Holt
Laurence Fishburne as Alex Haley
Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Tom Lea
Forest Whitaker as Fiddler
Emayatzy Corinealdi as Belle
Matthew Goode as Dr. William Waller
Chad L. Coleman as Mingo
Rege-Jean Page as Chicken George
T.I. as Cyrus
James Purefoy as John Waller
G Hannelius as Missy