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British actor Malachi Kirby takes centre stage in the Roots remake trailer alongside A-list cast

CENTRE STAGE: Malachi Kirby

CENTRE STAGE: Malachi Kirby

THE GRITTY new trailer of the Roots remake has been released and features British actor Malachi Kirby who takes on the role of Kunta Kinte.

Croydon-born Malachi, 27, told the Independent: “It’s a great thing to bring Roots back. I remember seeing it as a little boy and it had a profound effect on me.

“I was living in England but my parents came from Nigeria so I was learning the history of that time. Visually the remake has a much more contemporary feel around it. But it’s still faithful to the book.”

The cast includes Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker and Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Laurence Fishburne.

The eight-hour series will be screened on The History Channel from May 30.

WORDS: Layla Young


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