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Laurence Fishburne to star in Roots remake

REMAKE: Laurence Fishburne

AWARD-WINNING actor Laurence Fishburne is joining the Roots miniseries remake.

A&E Networks announced that the Matrix star will play writer Alex Haley, whose novel about his African-American ancestry based around the life of Kunta Kinte was the basis of the original television 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 original miniseries was a ratings sensation.

The Roots remake will be an original, contemporary production, incorporating material from Haley’s novel, as well as carefully researched new scholarship of the time.

Besides Fishburne, no other casting has been announced for the US Roots.

The Emmy-winning actor currently appears on NBC’s drama Hannibal and ABC’s comedy Black-ish. On the bigscreen, Fishburne will next be seen in Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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