A+E Networks is getting its Roots casting underway in a big fashion.
Laurence Fishburne has been tapped to star in the remake of the 1977 miniseries — which is set to be simulcast on History, A&E and Lifetime — A+E Networks announced Wednesday.
The Black-ish star will play Alex 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. Roots, which will be an original, contemporary production, will incorporate material from Haley’s novel, as well as carefully researched new scholarship about the time period over which it spans. The role was portrayed by James Earl Jones in the 1977 original.