Angela Bassett has signed on to star opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the Broadway production of the play “The Mountaintop, starting this fall.”
Producers announced that Bassett will play the mysterious woman who visits the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in playwright Katori Hall’s re-imagining of the night before the civil rights leader’s 1968 assassination.
Bassett, 52, an Academy Award nominee who played Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and who can currently be seen in the film “Green Lantern,” takes over after Halle Berry pulled out due to child custody issues.
Jackson, 62, will be making his Broadway debut in the play.