Angela Bassett and Edie Falco together again in “Nothing but the Truth”


I just read that Angela Bassett has joined the cast

of Nothing but the Truth

a political drama loosely based on the Valerie Plame scandal.

Bassett is busy these days.

According to, she has two movies (Gospel Hill

and Of Boys and Men) in post-production, two (Truth

and Meet the Browns) currently filming, and one (Toussaint)

in pre-production. And I couldn’t be happier. As Siege noted recently on

the blog, smart

women are hot — and Yalie Angela Bassett is both very smart and very

hot. I first noticed her as Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An

American Dream
, which used to play on VH1 every 20 minutes or so.

And I kept noticing her as her career took off.

Nothing but the Truth

sounds worth seeing even without Bassett — although it might feel a

little too “ripped from the headlines.” Written and directed by

Rod Lurie (The Contender), the movie focuses on a reporter

(Kate Beckinsale) who is jailed for outing a CIA agent.

In a nice bit of optimistic casting, Bassett plays the editor-in-chief

of the Washington D.C. newspaper

for which Beckinsale writes. How many real-life major-market newspapers

are helmed by African-American women? And the ensemble cast is

pretty impressive, as well. The men include Noah Wylie as the

attorney representing Beckinsale, and Alan Alda, David Schwimmer

and Matt Dillon (my childhood love) in unspecified roles. I wonder

if one of them is a fictionalized Karl Rove or Scooter Libby.

The casting that has me most

excited, apart from Angela Bassett, is Edie Falco.

She’s another one who can pretty

much do no wrong in my book. I would probably pay money to watch her

read from the phone book. And I loved seeing both Falco and Bassett in

Sunshine State, so I’ll happily see them in another movie together.

And then there’s Vera Farmiga.

I’ve never actually seen her

in anything, but she’s pretty. And I heard she was good in The Departed.

And, of course, there’s Kate


(I suspect she won’t have a

gun quite this big.)

She’s the one who makes me

nervous. I’ve liked movies that she’s been in, but I don’t know that

I can say I’ve ever liked her in a movie. And I’ve definitely not

liked her a few movies. (Serendipity

was unwatchable.) She did, however, get to kiss Frances McDormand

in Laurel Canyon.

So I kind of want to be her

— at least for a little while back in 2002.

Regardless, I’m cautiously

optimistic and looking forward to this movie next year. Has anyone heard

anything more about it?