A&E’s forthcoming Roots remake just added an impressive roster of stars to its cast, including one Tip Harris a.k.a. T.I. James Purefoy, Mekhi Phifer, Dog With a Blog’s G. Hannelius, and others have also joined the miniseries, Variety reports. T.I. is set to star as Cyrus, a slave fighting for his freedom against Confederate forces. The character’s story will reportedly be featured prominently in the 2016 miniseries’ fourth and final two-hour installment.
The eight-hour, four night reboot is getting a massive TV presence in 2016 with a simulcast across all A&E, History, and Lifetime-related networks. Based on the critically acclaimed 1977 CBS miniseries Roots, this highly anticipated revival also stars Laurence Fishburne, Anna Paquin, Forest Whitaker, Anika Noni Ros, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers with some promising executive music producer action from Questlove.
T.I., of course, is no stranger at all to the art of acting. Earlier this year, he appeared alongside Paul Rudd and Michael Peña in the Marvel hit Ant-Man as the delightful Dave. The accomplished multi-hyphenate is also set to contribute music to the forthcoming SpongeBob SquarePants Broadway show, which has obviously already been confirmed as the greatest Broadway production of all time despite not having happened yet.