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Award winning actor Laurence Fishburne has been announced Wednesday to play Alex Haley in the 1977 remake of ‘Roots’ on A&E. The miniseries is set to come out in 2016 on both Lifetime and A&E.

Will Packer will be the executive producer behind the remake along with one of the original stars in ‘Roots’  LeVar Burton, who will co-exec produce.