Angela Bassett Talks ‘Waiting to Exhale’ Sequel

Waiting to Exhale fans were left in a state of confusion after the sudden death of Whitney Houston. The singer, who played TV exec Savannah, was set to join her three co-stars in a long-awaited sequel before passing in 2012. Since then, excitement surrounding the project has died down, leaving many to think it will never happen.

Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett was spotted on the red carpet for the premiere of her latest film Olympus Has Fallenlooking gorgeous in a strapless yellow dress. When asked about the film’s status, she assured fans that it’s still in the works. “They’re still writing. One of our original producers, from the first Exhale is on board,” she said. “So that’s a good sign, but they’re still working on the script. It’s just how to deal with it [Whitney’s loss]. And probably the best way to deal with it is just deal with it. It’s like what happens in life, in a way. Life is about life in passing, living and dying, winning and losing. So that’s what I know so far.”

And while she thinks continuing Savannah’s story through another actress would be “interesting,” she feels that it wouldn’t be the most respectful thing to do for Whitney and her fans. She tells HuffPost Black Voices, “In my heart, I love Whitney and her work and the time that we shared together. Her role and her presence was just so important. I have a hard time replacing someone else in her shoes. I guess they wouldn’t have to do that. We would have to just come up with a brand new friend.”

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