Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winning actor Laurence Fishburne has been tapped to star as Alex Haley in the A&E event series, “Roots”
The scripted event series will be simulcast on History, A&E and Lifetime.
“Roots” is a portrait of American slavery by Alex Haley. The story stems from one family’s journey through adversity.
Haley’s lineage began with Kunta Kinte who was kidnapped from his homeland in the Gambia. The series follows his journey to America where he is eventually sold into slavery.
Throughout the series the family witnesses notable events from The Revolutionary War, Civil War and emancipation.