Anna Paquin to Star Alongside Forest Whitaker

Golden Globe and Academy Award winner Anna Paquin has been cast in a new role opposite Forest Whitaker in the epic television miniseries, Roots, which is based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel as well as other researched material.

They join Laurence Fishburne, who had already been cast as Haley, and newcomer Malachi Kirby who will play lead Kunta Kinte, the Mandinka warrior captured in his homeland of the Gambia and forced into slavery in colonial America. Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Myers (Tudors) also stars.

Paquin, 33, who is best known for her role as waitress Sookie Stackhouse in HBO’s vampire series True Blood, plays Nancy Holt, the wife of a Confederate officer who happens to have her own agenda when it comes to handling the slaves.

Production is already underway in New Orleans, and will move to South Africa later in September.

Roots goes to air in 2016.

Original article by Whitney Friedlander, Variety, September 16, 2015.

Photo by AAP.

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Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Sydney-based artist Claus Stangl has taken out one of Australia’s top art honours with his portrait of Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi, The Guardian reports. Stangl won the packing room prize, a…