Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The History Channel is adding more big names to its Roots remake. According to Deadline, Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris, Mekhi Phifer, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lane Garrison, James Purefoy, Matthew Goode and G. Hannelius will join the all-star cast.

As previously reported, Roots is being produced by Will Packer along with original Roots star LeVar Burton and is based on Alex Haley’s iconic book about his American family origin story inspired by the life of Kunta Kinte.

Other stars attached to project include Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, Laurence Fishburne, Chad L. Colman, Erica Tazel, Derek Luke, and newcomers Malachi Kirby and Regé-Jean Page.

Roots is an eight-hour event miniseries that will air over four nights and will simulcast on A&E and Lifetime. The original series aired in 1977 and is the second most watched overall series finale in U.S. television history.

Stay tuned…