Octavia Spencer is set to join “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson in “Hidden Figures” for Fox 2000, Chernin Entertainment and Levantine Films.
Henson will play 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 launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962 and his safe return.
The three women crossed all gender, race and professional lines while embarking on the mission. Spencer will play one of the three mathematicians.
Ted Melfi (“St. Vincent”) is attached to direct and produce this adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s upcoming novel.