[09/16/15 - 11:43 AM]
A+E Networks Announces Cast for Its Event Miniseries "Roots" from A+E Studios
Said ensemble includes Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, Chad L. Coleman, Erica Tazel and Derek Luke.

[07/22/15 - 11:14 AM]
A+E Networks Announces "Roots" Award Winning Directors and Music Producer
Multi-award winning Phillip Noyce and Emmy(R) Award winner Thomas Carter are set to helm nights one and three respectively.

[07/01/15 - 09:23 AM]
Academy(R) Award Nominee and Emmy(R) Award Winner Laurence Fishburne to Star as Alex Haley in "Roots"
Fishburne will play Haley, the author of the novel "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," an American family origin story based around the life of Kunta Kinte.

[04/30/15 - 03:30 PM]
A+E Networks' Upfront Announcements Summary
A+E Networks held their annual presentation today, making a number of significant programming announcements on new event series, new series and new digital-only series.

[04/30/15 - 10:39 AM]
History(R), A&E and Lifetime Greenlight "Roots" - Event Series to Air on All Three Flagship Brands
Will Packer joins as executive producer and original "Roots" cast member and Emmy-award winning LeVar Burton boards as co-executive producer.

[01/08/15 - 11:23 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, January 8
Updates include: Guillermo del Toro brings "A Killing on Carnival Row" to Amazon; syndicated game show "Celebrity Name Game" gets second season; and Emmanuelle Chriqui joins the cast of TNT's "Murder in the First."

[11/05/13 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, November 5
Updates include: Michael Caleo brings "Hourman" to The CW; Jason O'Mara to lead "Complications" at USA; and History eyes a revival of "Roots" as an eight-hour mini-series.

telefilm/mini-series greenlighted
(from History's press release, September 2015) A+E Networks announces new casting for its four-night, eight-hour scripted event miniseries "Roots," from A+E Studios, including Academy Award winner(R) Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels' The Butler, South Paw) as "Fiddler," a slave who tries to mentor Kunta Kinte and risks his life to help him escape; Academy Award winner Anna Paquin (True Blood) as "Nancy Holt," the wife of a Confederate officer who has her own agenda when it comes to the handling of slaves; Golden Globe(R) Award winning and Emmy(R) Award nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) as "Tom Lea," an uneducated slave owner desperate to claw his way into the elite company of Southern gentility; Tony Award(R) winner Anika Noni Rose (Dream Girls, The Good Wife, The Princess and the Frog) as "Kizzy," the cherished, smart daughter of Kunta Kinte who maintains her family pride and warrior spirit; Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead, The Wire) as "Mingo," a stern no-nonsense slave who keeps the Lea plantation afloat; Erica Tazel (Justified) as "Matilda," a preacher's daughter and love interest to "Chicken George"; and Derek Luke (Captain America: The First Avenger, Antwone Fisher) as "Silla Ba Dibba," the military trainer of Juffure, charged with transforming teen boys into powerful Mandinka Warriors.
· Anika Noni Rose as Kizzy
· Anna Paquin as Nancy Holt
· Chad L. Coleman as Mingo
· Derek Luke as Silla Ba Dibba
· Erica Tazel as Matilda
· Forest Whitaker as Fiddler
· Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Tom Lea
· Laurence Fishburne as Alex Haley
· Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte
· Regé-Jean Page as Chicken George
· Alex Haley as BOOK
· Alison McDonald as WRTR
· Arturo Interian as EIP (History)
· Bruce Beresford as DIR
· Charles Murray as WRTR
· Dirk Hoogstra as EIP (History)
· Korin Huggins as CO-EP
· Lawrence Konner as WRTR/EP
· LeVar Burton as CO-EP
· Marc Toberoff as EP
· Mario Van Peebles as DIR
· Mark Rosenthal as WRTR/EP
· Mark Wolper as EP
· Michael Stiller as EIP (History)
· Phillip Noyce as DIR
· Thomas Carter as DIR
· Will Packer as EP
· based on a book
· mini-series
· A+E Studios
· Wolper Organization, The