There are many, many people I'd picture killing it in a Roots remake. Denzel Washington. Don Cheadle. Djimon Hounsou.
But T.I.? He's not exactly the first person I'd think of to star in a dramatic mini-series at all, let alone an adaptation of Alex Haley's classic novel on African-American ancestry in the United States...but we'd all better get used to it.
The Atlanta rapper/actor is the latest celeb to join a star-studded cast of the A&E remake of Roots. He'll be joining thespians like Anika Noni Rose, Laurence Fishburne, and Forest Whitaker in bringing the legendary mini-series to a new audience. According to BET.com, Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. will be portraying a slave named Cyrus who fights for freedom as a member of the Union Army.