She’ll play a CIA director in the action-packed sequel, which sees director Christopher McQuarrie returning alongside stars Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin. They’ll be joined by franchise newcomers Henry Cavill and Vanessa Kirby.
Despite earning an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe statue for her performance as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It?, Bassett rarely gets her due as an actress. Her physical turn as Mace in Strange Days was amazing, and I’m excited to see her as Chadwick Boseman’s stepmother Ramonda in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. I also like how she balances bigger movies with indie films like Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq and Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard.
Bassett is coming off FX’s American Horror Story, and once she wraps M:I6, she’ll begin work on the upcoming Fox series 911, which she’s also executive producing with Ryan Murphy.
Paramount will release Mission: Impossible 6 on July 27, 2018 — just five months after Disney unveils Black Panther.
Bassett is represented by Gersh, Lighthouse Entertainment and Fox Rothschild. Deadline broke the news of her casting.
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