Bassett, Forster also onboard sci-fi thriller
Lou Diamond Phillips, who played a tortured Gulf War vet in “Courage Under Fire,” has signed on to complete the ensemble cast of United Artists’ sci-fi thriller “Supernova,” slated to start lensing this week.He’ll play a medical technician on a 22nd-century hospital spaceship that rescues the lone survivor of a wrecked spacecraft. The castaway eventually poses a threat to the crew. Walter Hill, a producer of the seminal “Alien” film franchise, will direct “Supernova.” Phillips was nominated for a Tony for his stage work during a 500-performance run in the Broadway production of “The King and I.” He appears in TriStar’s “The Big Hit,” set to open this month. Phillips also recently wrapped a lead role in “Adversaries,” an hourlong jurisprudence-themed pilot from “ER” exec producer John Wells. The actor’s “Super” deal was brokered by his agent Scott Harris of Innovative Artists, and by his managers at Rigberg-Roberts Co. Academy Award nominees Angela Bassett and Robert Forster also recently boarded the UA sci-fier. Bassett (“What’s Love Got to Do With It,”) is coming off a Gotham run opposite Alec Baldwin in “Macbeth” at the Joseph Papp Public Theater. In September, she’ll be seen in Fox’s “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” directed by Forest Whitaker. Forster was nominated for a supporting actor Oscar for his role in “Jackie Brown.” “Supernova” will co-star James Spader, Wilson Cruz, Peter Facinelli and Robin Tunney. Ash Shah, Dan Chuba, Ralph Singleton, and Jamie Dixon are producing “Supernova.” Screenplay is by David Wilson.