The Hidden Figures cast is headed to the White House!
First Lady Michelle Obama will host the cast and director of the Theodore Melfi movie at a White House screening on Thursday, according to the White House official schedule.
Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, the film follows the little-known story of three African-American women who played a key role in putting man into space during the early days of NASA— focusing on the late John Glenn’s historic 1962 orbit of the earth. Henson plays an extraordinary young Black mathematics genius by the name of Katherine Johnson.
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“If I had known about these women coming up,” Henson told Mashable in September, “maybe I would’ve aspired to be a rocket scientist… This is all kids of color feel like they have. Sports. Rap. Acting. And there’s so much more important work to be done.”
All the actresses will be in attendance, alongside Pharrell Williams, who wrote original songs for the movie and composed the score with Hans Zimmer, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Hidden Figures hits select theaters Christmas Day, before opening nationwide on Jan. 6.