Taraji P. Henson continues to expand her character palette. The actress will star in the film called “Hidden Figures,” which is a historical film about African American women who helped NASA launch its’ first successful space shuttle mission. Henson will play mathematician Katherine Johnson, who would also go on to calculate the trajectory of the Apollo missions.
The film is slated to be released January 13, 2017, which is also Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. It will be directed by Ted Melfi, who also directed the movie St. Vincent. The film is based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race. The film will follow Taraji’s character, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson in how they helped plan the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
Maybe Taraji could get a Golden Globe win for this positive role like she did for the character Cookie she plays on Fox show, Empire.
Will you go see this movie?
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