‘Roots’ 2016: Meet the cast in the remake

“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.

amNY.com staff