By Lanford Beard
Updated June 22, 2011 at 03:11 PM EDT

Angela Bassett has signed on to play opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the Martin Luther King, Jr.-inspired play The Mountaintop. Producers Jean Doumanian and Sonia Friedman said in a statement, “These two remarkable actors have excited audiences around the world for many years, and bringing them together in this extraordinary new play on Broadway promises to be a major highlight of the season.”

Making its Broadway debut on October 13 (with performances beginning September 22), the play re-envisions the events of April 3, 1968 — the night before King was assassinated. Bassett’s mysterious hotel maid forces King to face his past and consider his legacy. Written by Katori Hall (Off-Broadway’s Hoodoo Love), the Olivier-winning show will be directed by Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun).

Golden Globe-winner Bassett was last seen on Broadway in 1988’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Jackson made his debut as an understudy in 1990’s The Piano Lesson.