Newswire: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer to co-star as real-life math geniuses

Variety reports that Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson have been cast in the upcoming Fox 2000 feature Hidden Figures, an adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s upcoming nonfiction book, Hidden Figures: The Story Of The African-American Women Who Helped Win The Space Race. Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) is attached to direct and produce, while Allison Schroeder (Mean Girls 2, which we won’t hold against her) penned the screenplay.

Henson is set to play Katherine Johnson, a mathematics genius and celestial navigation expert who worked with colleagues Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson to pull off the NASA launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit around Earth in 1962 as part of the Friendship 7 space mission. Spencer will play one of the other mathematicians who were crucial to the launch, as well as Glenn’s safe return. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth, but he couldn’t …

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