Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson is set to headline Hidden Figures, the adaptation of the publishing-this-fall Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, a book that is not about anything other than that (Margot Lee Shetterly’s title is pretty self-explanatory, no?).
Henson will portray Katherine Johnson, a math wiz who, together with colleagues Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, contributed to the launch of John Glenn into space and to his safe return home.
Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer is also on board, as one of the other two women propelling the story forward.
Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) will helm.