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Angela Bassett joins the voice cast of Horizon Forbidden West

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In a career spanning over three decades, the legendary actress Angela Bassett has made a name for herself in Hollywood and taken on every kind of role you could possibly imagine, including portraying Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It, being the Queen of Wakanda in Black Panther, and, let's not forget her starring role in How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

But in a departure from her other roles, Basset plays the villain in Sony's anticipated video game, Horizon Forbidden West. In the futuristic action RPG, out Feb,18, Bassett voices a major antagonist and rebel leader in the game called Regella, who is described as a character driven by hate.

Talking with Game Informer, senior writer for Horizon Forbidden West, Annie Kitain, referred to Regalla as "deadly."

"She has this army of machines and rebels. And she really is driven by this hatred for the Carja tribe,” Kitain clarified. “She's bent on this sort of destruction toward that tribe, and she’s really willing to basically burn the world down to get the vengeance that she wants."

In the interview when narrative director Benjamin McCaw was asked if Regalla would be one of Aloy's primary antagonists, he said: "Absolutely. Aloy's going to fight Regalla's forces throughout the game and she will fight Regalla, as well." 

Horizon Forbidden West Regalla wearing a mask

This villainous role gives Bassett a chance be downright evil and she is lending her voice to a character who is obsessed with power and is willing to do anything to get what she wants, regardless of the consequences.

The acclaimed actress told Essence that she enjoys playing the bad guy while discussing her ground-breaking role in Bumblebee, Bassett said "I usually end up in the universe where you’re noble and virtuous. But when you’re playing bad guys, they get to have a delectable amount of fun."

Interestingly enough Bassett also admitted that she preferred voice acting to appearing onscreen.  "It frees you up a lot more," she said, explaining the difference between voice acting and starring in front of the camera.

Angela Bassett would make her leap to video games in 2015, appearing in Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege, as a female agent codenamed "Six", who also shared her likeness. Basset even stepped on stage alongside host Aisha Tyler at the Ubisoft E3 press conference to reveal her role.

When speaking about gaming, the Gold-Globe winning actress told Digitaltrends in 2015, "This excitement for gaming isn't going away. The technology is getting better and better and will continue to improve at a rapid pace. I’m very happy to be a part of it, especially as one of the few women in this position in the game — and an African American woman."

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