More just a rapper, T.I. a.k.a “The King of the South” is a real business man holding down a plethora of jobs, making him the ultimate multi hyphenate — not to mention, he’s got a lot of mouths to feed in the Harris family.
From rapping to record producing to executive producing and more, T.I. is returning to the small and dusting off his acting chops. According to Variety, the 35-year-old has been cast in A&E Network’s reboot of Roots, the 1977 TV miniseries based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel. He will play the role of Cyrus, “a headstrong slave who fights for his freedom for the Union Army against Confederate Forces,” and appear on the fourth and final installment of the revival miniseries.
Other notable actors that have been cast include Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Mehki Phifer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Laurence Fishburne, Malachi Kirby, Anika Noni Rose, Chad L. Coleman, Erica Tazel, and Derek Luke. The Roots very own Questlove is the show’s executive producer.
T.I. has been landing a number of acting jobs like Get Hard, Entourage, Ant-Man, all in just 2015, and has several other gigs including Roots in the works for the new year.
Roots is slated for a 2016 air date, but there has yet to be a confirmed date. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted.