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[i]“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson will play mathematics genius Katherine Johnson in "Hidden Figures" for Fox 2000.
The studio 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.
"St. Vincent" director Ted Melfi is attached to direct. Producers are Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping through Chernin Entertainment; Donna Gigliotti of Levantine Films; and Melfi.[/i]
[i]This project is so important. Honored to portray Katherine Johnson.
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.[/i]
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