Watch or you’re racist (I learned that from Samantha Bee).
Roots is getting the remake treatment, and while my disdain for most remakes and reboots is on the record, this particular endeavor gets a pass. No, not because it’s about slavery and the ol’ African-American struggle but because the conversation about race is one with which America clearly isn’t done.
The History Channel will premiere an eight-hour LeVar Burton-produced retake of Roots that stars Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne, Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose, Academy Award winner Anna Paquin, T.I., and newcomers Rege-Jean Page and Malachy Kirby (pictured here) as Kunta Kinte on Memorial Day. And you best be planning on watchin’ it. Matthew Goode (TV’s The Good Wife), Mekhi Phifer, and James Purefoy (TV’s The Following) are also on board.
Check out the remake’s trailer now.