EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed up Roots star Malachi Kirby. The 26-year-old Brit thesp’s star is very much on the rise having landed the plum role of Kunta Kinte in A+E Networks’ remake of Roots, which airs over the Memorial Day weekend. The event TV series will follow the iconic character as he is captured from his homeland Gambia and sold into slavery in America, and his descendants struggle to survive over the next century. The show airs on Lifetime, A+E and the History Channel.
Kirby has also landed the lead role in an episode of Netflix’s keenly anticipated new season of Charlie Brooker’s anthology series Black Mirror with Jakob Verbruggen directing. The episode is called Men Against Fire, although plotlines are being kept closely under wraps.
Created and written by Brooker, Black Mirror taps into our collective unease with the modern world and each stand-alone episode is a suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. The series, which premiered on Channel 4 in 2011 and aired for two seasons, has received an international Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, a Rose D’Or and been nominated for a BAFTA.
Netflix is assembling a top class talent pool for the new series. Deadline previously broke the news that Joe Wright (Atonement) would be directing one of the episodes with Bryce Dallas Howard and Alice Eve starring.
Kirby is repped by the Identity Agency Group in the UK. His attorney is Karl Austen at Jackoway Tyerman. Identity has established itself as the UK’s premier talent agency for black, Asian and minority ethnic talent. Other clients include Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ John Boyega.