Since winning her Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a TV Drama Series from her role as Cookie Lyon in Empire, it has now been confirmed that Taraji P. Henson will follow up as she stars in an upcoming film about NASA.
The movie Hidden Figures is based on the book Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win The Space Raceby Margot Lee Shetterly, and Taraji P. Henson will be playing the role of NASA math genius Katherine Johnson. No word on who will be playing the other women responsible for helping astronaut John Glenn get to space in the ’60s, but we hope that the actresses who play Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson will be among the likes of Taraji.
John Glenn was the first American to orbit earth thanks to Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. These three women crossed gender and racial lines during this mission. Let us congratulate Taraji as we celebrate these three outstanding women!
Hidden Figures is slated for a January 2017 release; right around the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.