HOLLYWOOD – Ridley Scott’s motion picture remake of seminal TV series Roots is firming up with Orlando Bloom and Brad Pitt joining an all star cast that already includes Emma Stone, Christian Bale and Robert Pattinson.
Based on Alex Haley’s novel, the mini-series was a landmark in television history when it first aired on ABC in 1977. Scott said he was delighted at the opportunity to make what he describes as a re-imagining of the family saga which stretches from colonial times through the civil war to the present day. Orlando Bloom has confirmed he will be playing Kunta Kinte, the African who is captured, sold into slavery and brought to America. Emma Stone plays Kizzy, his daughter and Christian Bale will play Mingo, an older slave who teaches George (Robert Pattinson) about cock-fighting.
The sadistic slave owner will be played by Samuel L. Jackson.
Ridley Scott spoke EXCLUSIVELY to Studio Exec about his new project:
Many people have said why now? Why make this film now? And with that cast? Well, the answer is simple. Following the election of President Obama the time has come to revisit slavery and issues of race and reassess them. So that’s what we’re going to do and we’re going to do it without the old racist ideas that black actors should play the black roles and white actors should be forbidden from playing roles of characters who were in reality actually black. This is very liberating and everyone says I’m brilliant to have even thought it up.
Although the film will for the most part stay close to the source material, Scott has promised to bring it up to date and has already cast Brad Pitt as President Barack Obama.
Roots will be released in 2015.