Variety reports that T.I. will join the cast of Roots, A&E's reboot of the Emmy award-winning mini-series that first aired on ABC in 1977. He will play the part of Cyrus, a slave who fights with the Union army. He will have a prominent role in the fourth and final episode of the show.
T.I. isn't the only figure from hip-hop involved with the project: Questlove will help oversee the music. Other members of the cast include Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Mekhi Phifer. Roots will debut sometime in 2016.
Read T.I.'s recent FADER interview.