New “Roots” Casts Kirby As Kunta Kinte

Rising British actor Malachi Kirby has been cast as Kunta Kinte in A+E Networks’ upcoming remake of the classic Alex Haley-penned story turned legendary mini-series “Roots”.

This event TV series will follow the iconic character as he is captured from his homeland Gambia and sold into slavery in America, along the way witnessing the American Revolution and Civil War.

Filming begins next month in South Africa and New Orleans ahead of a 2016 airing on Lifetime, A+E and the History Channel. Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Alison McDonald and Charles Murray have penned the new adaptation.

Source: Deadline