Bassett plays the role of the Head of the Secret Service. In real life this job has never been held by a woman,and in actual fact the original script for 'Olympus Has Fallen' had the part written for a man. At a recent press 'junket' for the film Fuqua said, "I wanted great actors in this movie period," When talking about the casting of Angela Bassett, he then went on to say, "And I thought, why does it have to be a guy? Get Angela. Like in my mind it didn't sit back in my mind and think they never did have as the head of the Secret Service as a woman in the movie. I just wanted to work with Angela, that's how it came about." He felt sure that Bassett's powerful screen presence would make it believable that a woman could hold this lofty position. Little did Fuqua know this piece of fiction would soon become fact.
I have included a 2 minute featurette on Angela Basssett talking about her role in 'Olympus Has Fallen' and here is the official trailer for the film: