First Trailer: The New “Roots” Mini-Series

History has premiered the first trailer for “Roots,” its upcoming four-night and eight-hour event series that remakes the classic TV mini-series that remains one of history’s most watched U.S. broadcasts.

The historical portrait of American slavery recounts the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. Roots will be simulcast on History, A&E and Lifetime with a May 30th premiere also announced today.

Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, Tip T.I. Harris, Matthew Goode, Mekhi Phifer, James Purefoy, Rege-Jean Page and Malachi Kirby star.