‘Roots’ Remake to Premiere on Memorial Day, First Trailer Released (VIDEO)

The “Roots” remake from A+E Studios will premiere this Memorial Day. The first full trailer for the high-anticipated event series was released on Thursday.

The eight-hour project will air over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning on Monday, May 30 on History, A&E and Lifetime.

The A-list cast includes Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Matthew Goode, Mekhi Phifer, James Purefoy, Regé-Jean Page and Malachi Kirby.

“’Roots’ will allow new audiences to experience this epic family saga with a new vision that is both inspiring and tremendously entertaining,” said Paul Buccieri, president of A&E and History. “We are proud that History will be able to bring new life to this powerful story that remains as important today as it did when the original ‘Roots’ first premiered.”

“Nearly 40 years ago I had the privilege to be a part of an epic television event that started an important conversation in America. I am incredibly proud to be a part of this new retelling and start the dialogue again, at a time when it is needed more than ever,” said co-exec producer LeVar Burton.

“History” is home to the two most-watched miniseries in cable history, including “The Hatfields & McCoys,” which stunned the industry when it launched on Memorial Day 2012 and averaged a 3.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 13.75 million total viewers over its three nights. The network followed that up in March 2013 with “The Bible,” which averaged a 2.9 in the demo and 11.36 million total viwers.

The original “Roots” miniseries on ABC in January 1977 remains one of the most-watched events in U.S. television history, with the eighth and final night drawing about 100 million viewers — dwarfing even the Super Bowl earlier that month.

Watch the full trailer for “Roots” above.

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  1. Chazie says:

    So…. simple minded 😂😂 @the person who said white history months lmaooo

  2. Jamie says:

    African Americans fought also while they where slave’s even I can’t believe the comments smh

  3. Bob says:

    Really on memorial day? How about honoring our veteran instead. Stupid a** people. How about showing something to say thank you for your service and sacrifices. Where is the patriotic people I remember growing up. They honored them for weeks before and after memorial day. Don’t take anything away from our vets. Wait at least a week. We have black history month. If they did white history month it would be a insult, or racist.

  4. If you truly know the history of USA than you would understand why and how Memorial day began and is observed. Google it. Maybe then you may realize why this movie is relevant especially on this day.

  5. Mike says:

    The “History Channel” should be playing NOTHING but war related films showcasing the SACRIFICES of American Service Men. All of February is Black History Month. This would be the ideal time to debut a film about slavery, but Memorial day is for FALLEN SERVICE MEMBERS!

    • Jim G says:

      Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have the same problem. Of course the History Channel will tell you Memorial Day started after the War of Northern Aggression to honor the memory of both Confederate and Northern soldiers who gave their life in the war. In truth that would be a true statement. However the inclusion of all other Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice are being excluded in order for race baiters to publish yet another divisive movie. I wonder if the History Channel or any of the people who felt the need to review slavery yet again will provide any of the following information: According to federal census reports, on June 1, 1860 there were nearly 4.5 million Negroes in the United States, with fewer than four million of them living in the southern slave holding states. Of the blacks residing in the South, 261,988 were not slaves. Of this number, 10,689 lived in New Orleans. The country’s leading African American historian, Duke University professor John Hope Franklin, records that in New Orleans over 3,000 free Negroes owned slaves, or 28 percent of the free Negroes in that city.
      To return to the census figures quoted above, this 28 percent is certainly impressive when compared to less than 1.4 percent of all American whites and less than 4.8 percent of southern whites. I’m sure the History Channel will go to great lenghts to point out statistics show that, when free, blacks disproportionately became slave masters. The majority of slaveholders, white and black, owned only one to five slaves. More often than not, and contrary to a century and a half of bullwhips-on-tortured-backs propaganda, black and white masters worked and ate alongside their charges; be it in house, field or workshop. The few individuals who owned 50 or more slaves were confined to the top one percent, and have been defined as slave magnates. In Charleston, South Carolina in 1860 125 free Negroes owned slaves; six of them owning 10 or more. The 1860 census also determined that there were fewer than 385,000 individuals who owned slaves. Even if all slaveholders had been white, that would amount to only 1.4 percent of whites in the country (or 4.8 percent of southern whites owning one or more slaves). Processing the math for the census figures quoted above, 28 percent of free blacks owning slaves is certainly impressive when compared to less than 1.4 percent of all American whites and less than 4.8 percent of southern whites. But I’m sure the movie will point all this out so I apologize for boring you with historical facts documented in federal census when I’m sure Hollywood will do a much better job in this mini series.

  6. T says:

    Why are they premiering this on Memorial Day?? Don’t you dare do anything to take away from what Memorial Day represents.

    • scott hardock says:

      I am with you brother! I served 24 years in the military and would like to keep this day as a memorial to my fallen comrades!

  7. m says:

    wow what a bunch of haters. Roots is about the Journey of African Slaves in this country and what they were put through, parts of this story live in in the verbal stories that every African American has been handed down for generations. Why is it so hard for some people to accept that Slavery happened, it was horrific and it needs to be told and retold so things like that do not happen again. And Yes there are some people in this country who would love to take us back to those days.

  8. Marie says:

    I hope that Alex Hailey and his family are NOT going to say that this Kunta Kitna is part of his family. It has already been proven that this person NEVER existed after the original show. If I was one of these A list actors I would NOT want to be affiliated with a lie, but seeing the list of actors a lot of them have drank the kool-aid.

  9. Bob_of_Bonsall says:

    But surely Haley’s Roots was later shown to be a work of fiction and heavily plagiarised to boot?

  10. Wanna play a fun game? Watch this and then the trailer for “Free State of Jones” and try to spot the same locations. Hell, costumes too.

  11. wow this looks so unbelievable. HAHAHA everyone looks too clean and in one scene the slave master looks scared. heeeeelarious

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