Really looking forward to watching this.
Ironically, when we told others this would be coming on, some said they were not interested in watching it because it is too horrendous a topic to watch and makes them uncomfortable; others asked why they would do a remake of the classic Roots and why was it necessary to have another show about slavery?
To all of that, we simply say . . . why not?
There haven’t been nearly enough shows reflecting the era of slavery as there should have been. The original Roots TV series aired damn-near 40 years ago. This is one of the reasons we are excitedly watching the WGN new show, Underground, and appreciate the different lens from which to portray the era of slavery. With other networks creating original historical portrayals/shows and those of historical fiction, the timing is right for Roots and for a new generation to see it.
Hell, if we can watch shows like Vikings, Black Sails, Outlander, The Last Kingdom, even Poldark etc. and learn about the history of those show’s people, time and era, the formation of European countries and religious/political clashes, then, we certainly can watch a show about OUR history, American history!
Roots is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive, endure and ultimately carry on their legacy despite enormous hardship and inhumanity. Spanning multiple generations, the lineage begins with young Kunta Kinte, who is captured in his homeland of The Gambia and transported in brutal conditions to colonial America, where he’s sold into slavery.
Throughout the series, the family continues to face adversity while bearing witness and contributing to notable events in U.S. history, including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings and eventual emancipation. The story of Kunta Kinte and the women and men who came after him echoes through the history of millions of Americans of African descent, and reveals powerful truths about the universal resilience of the human spirit. ~ via TV Series Finale
Premiers Monday, May 30th on The History Channel. #Roots ~ Video via The History Channel YouTube
Some of the cast members ~ via Variety:
* Laurence Fishburn (“Black-ish,” “CSI,” “The Matrix,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) will play Alex Haley, African American historian and author of the 1976 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family.
* Forest Whitaker (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “South Paw”) will play Fiddler, a slave who tries to mentor Kunta Kinte and ends up risking his own life to help him escape.
* Anna Paquin (“True Blood”) plays Nancy Holt, the wife of a Confederate officer who happens to have her own agenda when it comes to handling the slaves.
* Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) plays Tom Lea, an uneducated slave owner who is desperate to claw his way into the elite company of Southern gentility.
* Anika Noni Rose (“Dream Girls,” “The Good Wife,” “The Princess and the Frog”) plays Kizzy, Kunta Kinte’s cherished, smart daughter who maintains her family pride and warrior spirit.
* Chad L. Coleman (“The Walking Dead,” “The Wire”) plays Mingo, the stern no-nonsense slave who really keeps the Lea plantation afloat.
* Regé-Jean Page (“Waterloo Road”) plays Chicken George, Kizzy’s son who is a handsome social magnet. He knows how to transfix a crowd with a story, yet doesn’t appreciate what he has until his luck abandons him.
* Erica Tazel (“Justified”) plays Matilda, a preacher’s daughter and love interest to Chicken George.
* Derek Luke (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Antwone Fisher”) plays Silla Ba Dibba, a military trainer charged with transforming teen boys into powerful Mandinka Warriors.
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