T.I. Will Star in A+E Networks ‘Roots’ Remake
T.I. was casted for A+E Networks’ Roots remake. Tip will be featured in the finale episode of the four-part miniseries, Variety has learned. He will be playing Cyrus, a headstrong slave who fights for his freedom for the Union Army against Confederate Forces. Other cast additions to the Roots reboot are James Purefoy, Mekhi Phifer, Matthew Goode, Lane Garrison, Emayatzy Corinealdi and G. Hannelius. The additions join a cast that includes Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, Chad L. Coleman, Erica Tazel, Derek Luke, Regé-Jean Page and Kirby. Roots is currently filming in Louisiana and is set to premiere in 2016.
The original Roots aired on ABC-TV in 1977 and is based off Alex Haley's 1976 novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family. Roots received 37 Emmy Award nominations and won nine. It also won a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. The remake will be a eight-hour, four night reboot that will be simulcast across the network portfolio on A&E, History and Lifetime.
Bruce Beresford, Phillip Noyce, Mario Van Peebles and Thomas Carter are the four directors. ?uestlove will serve as the exec. music producer. Will Packer, Toberoff, Marc Wolper, Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal are exec. producers, and LeVar Burton and Korin Huggins are co-exec. producers.
T.I.’s acting credits are extensive. He appeared on Showtime’s House of Lies and Starz’s Boss, the Entourage movie, Marvel’s Ant-Man, Get Hard and has his own VH1 reality series that just wrapped production on its fifth season.