DESCRIPTION: 2016 remake of the classic 1977 mini-series about an African slave and his descendants.
- Part One: Australian director Philip Noyce (Rabbit Proof Fence, The Giver)
- Part Two: African-American actor/director Mario Van Peebles. His son, Mandela Van Peebles, stars as Noah.
- Part Three: African-American director Thomas Carter (Coach Carter)
- Part Four: Australian director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy)
WRITTEN BY: Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Alison McDonald and Charles Murray based on the 1976 novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family by the late Alex Haley.
- British actor Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte
- Emayatzy Corinealdi as Belle
- Forest Whitaker as Henry
- British actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Tom Lea
- Chad Coleman as Mingo
- Anna Paquin as Nancy Holt
- Rapper T. I. as Cyrus
- Mekhi Phifer as Jerusalem
- Laurence Fishburn as narrator Alex Haley
STUDIO: The History Channel. LeVar Burton, who starred as Kunta Kinte in the original, served as a producer.
MY TAKE: I liked it. A rare instance where a remake actually works.
- Cost $50 million to make.
- LeVar Burton has a cameo as the slave Ephraim who stares at Kunta Kinte while being transported in a cage.