Have they cloned Angela Bassett? In the last year alone, the actress has been seen in American Horror Story, London Has Fallen, and Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, and heard playing awards-whisperer Ana Spanikopita in the mighty BoJack Horseman. Now, Bassett (or one of her genetically-engineered duplicates) is starring alongside Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe), Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), and Alfred Molina (Boogie Nights), in the 1946-set drama Close to the Enemy, which premieres on Acorn TV today.
Written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, and centered around a bomb-damaged London hotel, the show tracks intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson (Sturgess) as he attempts to convince a German scientist (August Diehl) to start working for the British on developing the jet engine, and encounters a number of other interesting folks, including a jazz pianist played by Bassett.
You can see the trailer for Close to the Enemy below and an exclusive clip from next week’s episode featuring the actress and Sturgess above.