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    Malachi Kirby, who’s been cast as Kunta Kinte in A&E’s upcoming reboot of “Roots,” was hired after a “really exhaustive” search, says LeVar Burton. “Just [as exhaustive] as it was the first time,” says Burton, who originated the role in ABC’s landmark 1977 miniseries (and is a co-executive producer on the A&E version). “We even...

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    The “Roots” reboot now includes includes two Oscar winners. Forest Whitaker, who won an Oscar for “The Last King of Scotland” and Anna Paquin — who snared an Academy Award for “The Piano” — were among the “Roots” stars announced Wednesday by A&E, which is airing a new version of the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries next...

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    British-born actor Malachi Kirby is largely unknown in the US. That’s about to change. Kirby, 26, stars as Kunta Kinte in “Roots,” a four-part reboot of the landmark ABC miniseries premiering Monday night on History. Like its predecessor, “Roots” is based on Alex Haley’s sprawling novel chronicling his ancestor Kunta Kinte’s journey from West African...

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    LeVar Burton looms large for generations of television fans, from his turn as young slave Kunta Kinte in “Roots” (1977) to “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987 to 1994) to his decades hosting “Reading Rainbow” (1983 to 2006). His podcast, “LeVar Burton Reads,” released its first season this summer. We caught up with him ahead...