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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Host Taraji P. Henson attends BET Celebration Of Gospel 2016 at Orpheum Theatre on January 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for BET)

The story centers on Johnson, a brilliant African-American mathematician who, along with her colleagues Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history — the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and his safe return. The three crossed all gender, race and professional lines while embarking on the mission.”

 

“[FOX] has been developing the adaptation of the Margot Lee Shetterly book “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race,” published by HarperCollins. 

 

Taraji is definitely basking in her moment as one of Hollywood’s “It” girls. The actress is using her platform to add even more positive and empowering roles to her slate. Taraji has just signed on to play  and expert mathematician Katherine Johnson in the new upcoming film, Hidden Figures.

 

In her Golden Globes speech for “Best Actress In A TV Drama,” Taraji P. Henson shared that she was surprised that out of all of the other work she’s done over the past two decades—including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Karate Kid—her role as a drug dealer on Empire is what’s most lauded.

 

This project is so important. Honored to portray Katherine G. Johnson (born August 26, 1918) is an American physicist, space scientist, and mathematician who contributed to America’s aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA. Known for accuracy in computerized celestial navigation, she calculated the trajectory for Project Mercury and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon. ??? A photo posted by (@tarajiphenson) on Feb 10, 2016 at 6:12pm PST