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Mekhi Phifer and T.I. Casts in ‘Roots’ Remake

A&E is still casting for the Roots remake, and the network has just added Mekhi Phifer and T.I.

While the rapper will play Cyrus, a headstrong slave fighting against Confederate forces, the former ER actor will portray Jerusalem, a quiet slave who works on the Murray plantation.

The two are joining a previously announced lineup that includes Forest Whitaker, Anika Noni Rose and Derek Luke.

If that list of A-listers doesn’t impress you, maybe the folks set to work behind the camera will.

Questlove is handling sound for the production as the Executive Music Producer, and Mario Van Peeples will direct a portion of the miniseries.

Stayed tuned for an air date.