According to Variety, Bassett will star in “Green Lantern” as Dr. Amanda Waller alongside Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, Blake Lively as Carol Ferris, Mark Strong as Sinestro, Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond and Tim Robbins as Senator Hammond.
Bassett is not the only cast member to have signed onto the film in recent weeks, as both Temuera Morrison and Taika Waititi recently enlisted as Abin Sur and (presumably) Thomas Kalmaku just last week.
The addition of Angela Bassett is interesting for a variety of reasons. To start, she’s a reputable actress that reinforces Warner Bros.’ previously established tendency to fill tent pole properties with high value names — even in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins,” a secondary character like Carmine Falcone was played by the highly respected Tom Wilkinson. It seems that “Green Lantern” is following that example.
More importantly to DC Comics fans is the fact that Bassett is playing Amanda Waller, a character with plenty of history thanks to her involvement with Checkmate and the Suicide Squad. Will Bassett reprise the role in other DC related movie projects, including the developing “Suicide Squad” adaptation? At this point, anything is possible.
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