Rising Actor KELVIN HARRISON JR. Shines Bright in Upcoming Reboot of Famed Historical Drama ‘ROOTS’

Also to Appear in Highly-Anticipated Film ‘THE BIRTH OF A NATION’

NEW ORLEANS, LA (May 18, 2016) – Rising actor KELVIN HARRISON, JR. emerges a shining star in the new adaptation of the ground-breaking historical miniseries, ROOTS, scheduled to air on June 2nd.

Based on the 1976 Alex Haley novel, the story chronicles the history of an African slave sold to America and his descendants. Harrison Jr. joins the new 8-part adaptation during “Night 4,” searching for freedom as the runaway slave ‘Winslow’. 

The reboot of the famous TV miniseries is directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) and will be broadcast simultaneously on History Channel, A&E and Lifetime. 

Harrison Jr. is humbled and excited by opportunity to be part of this new historic television event, adding “Roots was the first of many projects that allowed me to journey through various aspects of the black narrative. It was an opportunity for me to rediscover where we've been, where we are and hopefully where we're going as a community and as a culture. Having that opportunity definitely reawakened a greater sense of pride and understanding in my identity as a young black man; and I hope it does the same for many others, especially in my generation.”

Then hitting theaters later this fall, Harrison Jr. emerges in Nate Parker’s anticipated Sundance Film Festival winner, THE BIRTH OF A NATION, releasing from Fox Searchlight. The film shares the true story of Nat Turner, the former slave who led a liberation movement in Virginia in 1831. Harrison Jr. appears as ‘Simon’, one of the slaves who join Nat Turner (played by Parker) in leading the rebellion.

Most recently, Harrison Jr. had audiences riveted with two stand-out television appearances. He searched for freedom as a ‘Teen Runaway’ in the season finale of WGN America’s acclaimed drama series UNDERGROUND. This historical thriller centers on a group of plantation slaves who attempt a daring escape by means of the Underground Railroad. Also, Harrison Jr. guest starred in a gripping episode of Dick Wolfe’s franchise NBC series CHICAGO P.D. The episode titled “Justice,” showcased Harrison Jr. as ‘Michael Ellis’, a wrongly accused 17 year-old honor student who finds himself paralyzed and fighting for his freedom and truth. 

A New Orleans, Louisiana native, Harrision Jr. has quickly been building a solid reputation in the industry for delivering stand-out performances on-screen. His passion for performing also extends to his musical abilities playing jazz/gospel on piano and trumpet, as well as singing. He honed his harmonious skills while studying and recording with the famed Marsalis family.

Kelvin Harrison Jr. is represented by Manager James Jolly at Stagecoach Entertainment (Los Angeles), Agent Fatmata Kamara at Abrams Artists Agency (Los Angeles), and Lawrence and Fiona Turner at Louisiana Talent Agency (New Orleans).