Looks like Angela Bassett is joining the list of actors-turned-directors in Hollywood with her new film United States. Says Livesteez,

Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress Angela Bassett is prepared to make the leap from performer to director with independent film, “United States.” Bassett will produce the film with her husband Courtney B. Vance under the couples production company, reports The film is a dramatic comedy about Monk Ellison – a prominent black writer who publishes a false autobiography from the perspective of an uneducated hoodlum. While Ellison’s intention is condemn the glorification of “ghetto” culture, the book is believed to be a true story and put in the running for the National Book Award. Screenwriter Dwayne Johnson-Cochran adapted the story for “States” from the novel “Erasure” by Percival Everett. The project is the first by Bassett/Vance and is scheduled to begin shooting this summer.

Does this sound like something you’d be marking your calendar for? We will be!

Ms. Bassett hasn’t given up acting, though – she’s mentioned interest in playing a certain famous lady. Click here to find out who it is!

Angela may have played Stella, but you wouldn’t believe who ELSE got their groove back!

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