BY TAMBAY A. OBENSON
Laurence Fishburne is the first actor to be cast in the upcoming remake of Roots, which History, A&E and Lifetime have all teamed up for, calling it a scripted event series for a new generation of viewers, which will simulcast on all three flagship networks.
Fishburne will play Alex Haley (James Earl Jones played him in the original 1970s series).
Will Packer is an executive producer, and original Roots cast member LeVar Burton is a co-executive producer, along with Mark Wolper.
Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Alison McDonald and Charles Murray are writing.
Vickie Thomas is casting director.
Culled from Indiewire