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.”
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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!