Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett is set to join Tom Cruise and the cast for upcoming spy sequel Mission: Impossible 6 Danny Moloshok / Reuters

Christopher McQuarrie is assembling quite the supporting cast when it comes to upcoming sequel Mission: Impossible 6. Having brought Superman himself Henry Cavill aboard the project back in March, the film's latest recruit is now American Horror Story's Angela Bassett.

According to Deadline, the 58-year-old will play the CIA's director in the sure-to-be action-packed spy movie. She is set to start shooting sometime next week, joining newbie Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and returning players Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg and, of course, Tom Cruise on screen.

Bassett's character will take over the position once filled by Baldwin's character Alan Hunley, as he is now Secretary of the Impossible Mission Force following the events of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Since filming on Mission: Impossible 6 kicked off on 8 April in Paris, McQuarrie has shared a number of behind-the-scenes images from the film's numerous sets in the French capital, London, India and New Zealand. However, he's certainly made sure they don't give anything away in terms of plot.

Bassett, best known for her roles in the aforementioned Ryan Murphy anthology series and her Oscar-nominated turn in 1993's What's Love Got to Do With It, recently wrapped production on comic book movie Black Panther. The Marvel Studios outing is set to reach cinemas in February 2018 and also stars The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira, Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B Jordan, Forest Whitaker and Chadwick Boseman as the titular hero.

Just yesterday (18 May), she teased her AHS return too, candidly telling TooFab: "I think we start [on 'AHS'] pretty soon, we've moved it up to June, so it might be a possibility that I can make some appearances in that political world." The show's seventh season is set to focus on the 2016 US election.

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