Anna Paquin has joined the cast of the upcoming A&E remake of Roots. Roots was originally released in 1977 as a TV miniseries. It followed a young African man named Kunta Kinte, who was sold into slavery in colonial America.
Now filming in New Orleans, Anna Paquin will play the role of Nancy Holt. Holt is the wife of a Confederate soldier, and has her own agenda–one that differs completely from that of her husband–regarding the handling of the slaves.
Paquin is best known for her role as Sookie Stackhouse on HBO’s True Blood. She even married her True Blood costar Stephen Moyer. Her role garnered several Teen Choice Awards nominations.
— nzherald (@nzherald) September 17, 2015
The role of Nancy Holt in the upcoming Roots remake is a vast cry from most of the roles Anna Paquin has played. Fans are likely thrilled to learn she has been cast in the four-part miniseries.
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Roots is set to air on A&E some time in 2016.