Variety has reported that Taraji P. Henson’s next project Hidden Figures, will see her playing the brilliant mathematical genius Katherine Johnson, in a film based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race.
The book has not yet been released but this casting news will surely get you excited. The book tells the story of Johnson who along with her colleagues Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, helped launch astronaut John Glenn into space and return him safely to earth. The three women played a crucial part in America’s early space flight efforts.
Director Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) is attachted to the project, as are producers Peter Chernin (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Jenno Topping (Spy) and Donna Gigliotti (Silver Linings Playbook). Not much else has been confirmed, but we will keep you updated!