From empowering roles in How Stella Got Her Groove Back and What’s Love Got to do With It to strong, commanding parts in movies like the upcoming action flick Olympus Has Fallen, Bassett knows how to play a woman that will never, ever get pushed around.
In the gallery above, we’ve collected some of our favorite Angela Bassett movie roles — and were amazed at the depth and variety of the characters she’s played.
Olympus features an amazing ensemble cast that includes Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman, bringing heat to a story that’s riveting not just because of the stars involved, but because it focuses on a scenario that’s not hard to imagine in today’s world.
When the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former presidential guard Mike Banning (Butler) finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President, and avert an even bigger crisis.
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