Taraji P. Henson's New Movie Is About Black Lady NASA Scientists


By Eric Shorey

The stories told about the history of science are unfortunately (and often inaccurately) male-centric. Luckily, Taraji P. Henson and a crew of empowered ladies are about to fix that by finally creating an ode to the non-white ladies of NASA. Titled Hidden Figures, the new film will tell the often-forgotten story of those who toiled behind the scenes to make travel into outer space a reality.

Here's the official Deadline description of the film:

"The story focuses on the work and challenges behind the successful spaceflight of astronaut John Glenn, who became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. The film will be the first time the contributions of African American scientists to that effort have been the focus of story about the space race on film."

More specifically, the movie will tell the real-life story of Katherine Johnson (played by Henson), who was so smart her official title at NASA was "computer."

Also featured is actual science fictional deity and self-proclaimed robo-sexual Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson. She's rounding out the cast with acclaimed actress, Octavia Spencer, who will play Dorothy Vaughan. The movie will follow the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly and will be directed by Theodore Melfi, with original music by Pharrell Williams.

Hidden Figures will debut in theaters on January 13, 2017.


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