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Laurence Fishburne to star in ‘Roots’ miniseries remake

FILE - In this May 27, 2015 file photo, Laurence Fishburne arrives at the 2015 Television Academy Honors at The Montage Hotelin Beverly Hills, Calif. Fishburne will star as Alex Haley in the A+E Networks scripted event series, "Roots." (Photo by Rich FuryInvision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laurence Fishburne is joining the “Roots” miniseries remake.

A&E Networks said Wednesday that Fishburne will play writer Alex Haley, whose novel about his African-American ancestry was the basis of the original TV miniseries.

The new project will draw on the late Haley’s novel, “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” along with new research, A&E said. The 1977 ABC miniseries was a ratings sensation.

Fishburne is a Tony Award-winning stage actor (“Two Trains Running”) and Oscar nominee (“What’s Love Got to Do With It”). He’s become a familiar presence on TV in series including “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” ”Hannibal” and ABC’s comedy “black-ish.”

No air date or other casting has been announced for the “Roots” remake that will debut simultaneously on the History, A&E and Lifetime channels.

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