Mission Impossible 6 Is Adding American Horror Story's Angela Bassett

Posted 2017/05/18 2273 0

Angela Bassett must’ve been spending some time training for dangerous stunts, because Deadline is reporting that she’s just joined the cast of Mission: Impossible 6.


According to Deadline, the Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner for What’s Love Got to Do With It has boarded Mission: Impossible 6 as the director of the CIA. That position previously belonged to Alec Baldwin's Alan Hunley, but since Hunley became the new IMF secretary at the end of 2015's Rogue Nation, it looks like Bassett's unnamed character scored that vacant spot. No other details were provided about Bassett's role, but considering the actress' fame and the prestige of being CIA director, one would imagine she'll have a decent amount of screen time in Mission: Impossible 6.

Bassett recently wrapped on Marvel’s Black Panther, starring as the titular hero’s mother, Ramonda. She’s also set to reunite with American Horror Story creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk for 9-1-1. The drama about 911 emergency call operators is slated for a midseason premiere on Fox.

Still without an official title, Paramount Pictures and Skydance‘s sixth Mission: Impossible film will see the return of Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Sean Harris and Alec Baldwin. Joining Angela Bassett as franchise newcomers are Vanessa Kirby and Henry Cavill.

The Mission: Impossible franchise launched in 1966 with the original CBS television series, which ran for seven seasons and 171 episodes. Mission: Impossible returned in 1988 with a rebooted series on ABC. It failed to find an audience, however, and was cancelled after two seasons. It was nearly a decade later that the Tom Cruise led Mission: Impossible feature film would turn the small screen spy series into a hugely successful cinematic franchise.

Christopher McQuarrie, who previously helmed Rogue Nation, is once again writing and directing the sequel. His return to the franchise marks the first time a director has helmed more than one Mission: Impossible film. Brian De Palma directed the original adaptation, which was followed by sequels directed by John Woo, J.J, Abrams and Brad Bird.

Mission: Impossible 6, which began filming in April, launches into theaters on July 27, 2018.