Angela Bassett has signed on to replace Halle Berry in the forthcoming Broadway production of The Mountaintop, which stars Samuel L Jackson as civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the night before his 1968 assassination.

As previously reported, Berry had to pull out of the project in April because of child custody issues. Bassett will now take over the role of a mysterious maid named Camae who visits King at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis the night before his death.

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