History’s remake of Roots is sneaking under the wire for 2016 Emmy eligibility.
The eight-hour event series — which examines one family’s struggle to survive during the era of American slavery — is set to premiere on History, Lifetime and A&E on Memorial Day, May 30, at 9/8c (two days before the Emmy cutoff period). It will then continue for the next three nights, with the finale slated for June 2.
ABC famously adapted Alex Haley’s novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, into a 1977 miniseries, which garnered nine Emmy wins and 37 total nominations. The new adaptation, produced by A&E Studios, is billed as an “original, contemporary production, incorporating material from Haley’s novel, as well as carefully researched new scholarship of the time.”
The cast of the Roots remake includes Oscar winners Forest Whitaker (as Fiddler) and Anna Paquin (as Nancy Holt); Emmy winner Laurence Fishburne (playing Alex Haley); Emmy-nominated Jonathan Rhys Meyers (as Tom Lea); Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (as Kizzy); Grammy winner Tip “T.I.” Harris (as Cyrus); Hand of God‘s Emayatzy Corinealdi (as Belle); Downton Abbey‘s Matthew Goode (as Dr. William Waller); House of Lies‘ Mekhi Phifer (as Jerusalem); and The Following‘s James Purefoy (as John Waller). It will also feature newcomers Regé-Jean Page (as Chicken George) and Malachi Kirby (as Kunta Kinte).
Watch the full trailer above, then hit the comments and share whether you’ll be watching Roots come Memorial Day!