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Source: Evening Standard / Getty

 

British actor Malachi Kirby will step into LeVar Burton’s shoes and play Kunta Kinte in A&E’s reboot of the iconic miniseries ‘Roots.’

The 25-year-old is largely unknown in the U.S., but has snagged roles in ‘Gone Too Far’ and ‘Kilo Two Bravo.’ Kirby is very well known in the U.K., starring in the longrunning soap opera ‘EastEnders.’

The miniseries is set to begin shooting in South Africa and New Orleans in October. It’s expected to hit the small screen sometime next year.

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