Taraji P. Henson Set to Play Black NASA Mathematician, Katherine Johnson

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Johnson was one of four African-American female NASA staffers once referred to as “the colored computers.”

A while ago, it was announced that Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, and Taraji P. Henson were being considered for the lead in a film based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book, Hidden Figures. Finally, the studio has confirmed that Henson will lead the drama.

Hidden Figures is the story African-American women mathematicians during the Civil Rights era. The book reveals the personal accounts of four women that then-NASA staffers referred to as “the colored computers.” Henson will play the role of Katherine Johnson, a physicist, space scientist, one of the NASA mathematicians. Her co-stars have yet to be announced.

Fox is hoping for a January 2017 release date and, needless to say, this is going to be one of the most buzzed about films of the year as everyone waits for more information.

It’s an amazing project, one that’s rarely seen, so we’re pretty excited to see what happens next.

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