Laurence Fishburne to star in 'Roots' miniseries remake

In this May 27, 2015 file photo, Laurence Fishburne arrives at the 2015 Television Academy Honors at The Montage Hotelin Beverly Hills, Calif. Fishburne will star as Alex Haley in the A+E Networks scripted event series, "Roots." (Photo by Rich FuryInvision/AP, File)
In this May 27, 2015 file photo, Laurence Fishburne arrives at the 2015 Television Academy Honors at The Montage Hotelin Beverly Hills, Calif. Fishburne will star as Alex Haley in the A+E Networks scripted event series, “Roots.” (Photo by Rich FuryInvision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Laurence Fishburne is joining the “Roots” miniseries remake.
A&E Networks said Wednesday that Fishburne will play writer Alex Haley, whose novel about his African-American ancestry was the basis of the original TV miniseries.
The new project will draw on the late Haley’s novel, “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” along with new research, A&E said. The 1977 ABC miniseries was a ratings sensation.
Fishburne is a Tony Award-winning stage actor (“Two Trains Running”) and Oscar nominee (“What’s Love Got to Do With It”). He’s become a familiar presence on TV in series including “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Hannibal” and ABC’s comedy “black-ish.”
No air date or other casting has been announced for the “Roots” remake that will debut simultaneously on the History, A&E and Lifetime channels.
 

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