Mario Van Peebles Directs Son, Mandela Van Peebles In ‘Roots’ Remake


History is gearing up for the upcoming event series Roots that is set to premiere on May 30th.

The remake will be premiering over four consecutive nights.

The stellar cast includes Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin; as well as Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Chad L. Coleman, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Matthew Goode, Derek Luke, Mekhi Phifer, James Purefoy, Erica Tazel. It will also be introducing Rege-Jean Page, Malachi Kirby.

The series will also be featuring Mandela Van Peebles who will be playing the role of Noha, a lanky teenager and orphaned child of a slave who died in the fields. Noah is a slave on the Waller plantation who is promised to Kizzy by Dr. Waller, and act which infuriates both Kizzy and her father, Kunta Kinte. Noah is a decent young man though, who grows to love Kizzy and works hard to win her love Noah proves to have more to him than meets the eye, with a rebellious, determined streak.

If Van Peebles name is familiar it may be because his father is veteran actor and filmmaker Mario Van Peebles, who is set to direct the series as well.

Make sure to cast History Channel’s Roots premiering Monday May 30th at 9pm.