NEW YORK — Angela Basset has signed on to star opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the Broadway production of the play "The Mountaintop."
Producers announced Tuesday that Basset 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.
"The Mountaintop," the winner of the best new play Olivier award in London, will begin performances on Sept. 22 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on 45th Street. An official opening is set for Oct. 13.
Basset, 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 will make his Broadway debut in the show. His many films include "Pulp Fiction," ''The Negotiator," ''Iron Man," ''Snakes on a Plane" and "Changing Lanes."
Hall's other plays include "Hoodoo Love," ''Remembrance," ''Hurt Village," ''Saturday Night/Sunday Morning," and "Freedom Train." The new play will be directed by Kenny Leon, whose Tony Award winning Broadway show "Fences" earned 10 Tony nominations.
"The Mountaintop" made its world premiere in 2009 in a small London theater before transferring to the West End. That production starred David Harewood as King and Lorraine Burroughs as the mysterious stranger.