Angela Bassett Joins Cast of Netflix Conspiracy Thriller ‘Zero Day’

Angela Bassett attends the Montecito Award Ceremony during the 3th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Arlington Theatre on February 09, 2023 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Angela Bassett will play a shrewd politician in the upcoming Netflix conspiracy thriller Zero Day.

The 9-1-1 star has been cast as President Mitchell — a  “brilliant and perceptive” leader — in the six-part limited series, Netflix announced Tuesday.

The series comes after Bassett’s Oscar-nominated turn as Queen Ramonda in last year’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

The actress joins Oscar winner Robert De Niro, who stars in and produces Zero Day. The project marks De Niro’s first TV series.

Additional cast members include Matthew Modine, Jesse Plemons, Joan Allen, and Connie Britton (Bassett’s former 9-1-1 co-star)

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Here’s the official description: “Zero Day asks the question on everyone’s mind: How do we find truth in a world in crisis, one seemingly being torn apart by forces outside our control? And in an era rife with conspiracy theory and subterfuge, how much of those forces are products of our own doing, perhaps even of our own imagining?”

The series is created and executive produced by Eric Newman (Narcos and Narcos: Mexico), Noah Oppenheim (Jackie and The Maze Runner), and Pulitzer Prize winner Michael S. Schmidt.

Homeland’s Lesli Linka Glatter directs and executive produces. Filming is currently underway in New York.

A release date for the series will be announced soon. Below are additional details on the cast.

Robert De Niro as George Mullen
Beloved former President Mullen comes out of retirement to lead a commission tasked with investigating a potential world crisis.

Joan Allen as Sheila Mullen
This Former First Lady has had to put her professional ambitions on the back burner due to her husband’s political career, but now she’s a nominee to the federal bench.

Connie Britton as Valerie Whitesell
Valerie is an intelligent political operative who served as Mullen’s former Chief of Staff.

Angela Bassett as President Mitchell
President Mitchell is a brilliant and perceptive political tactician who has an allegiance to Mullen.

Lizzy Caplan as Alexandra Mullen
The daughter of Mullen, this young congresswoman is hoping to distance herself from her father’s political legacy.

Jesse Plemons as Roger Carlson
As Mullen’s former “body man,” Roger is returning to the national stage with his old boss.

Dan Stevens as Evan Green
As the charismatic loudmouth and TV host of a wildly popular political program, Green becomes a thorn in George Mullen’s side as his most outspoken critic and chief public antagonist.

Matthew Modine as Richard Dreyer
Richard Dreyer is a confident, colorful public figure and an adept politician. He holds the position of the Speaker of the House.

Bill Camp as CIA Director Lasche
This ultimate insider knows all the secrets and can either be a dangerous enemy or a valuable friend to Mullen.

McKinley Belcher III as Carl Lopez
Carl Lopez is a tough, brilliant DOJ lawyer who serves as the Zero Day Commission’s lead investigator.

Gaby Hoffmann as Monica Kidder
Monica Kidder is known both as a Silicon Valley billionaire with brilliant vision and a soulless technocrat with the plan and means to control it.

Clark Gregg as Robert Lyndon
A corporate raider, provocateur, and billionaire, Lyndon has mastered the dark arts of political manipulation.

Mark Ivanir as Natan
Natan is an intelligence operative and Mullen confidant from an era when intelligence still mattered.