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Actress Taraji P. Henson is preparing to tackle what could be her next award-winning role. The Empire star will play NASA math genius Katherine Johnson in Hidden Figures, a film based on a book about three African-American women that were an integral part of early space exploration.

Henson confirmed the casting on her Instagram, writing:

“This project is so important. Honored to portray #KatherineJohnson.”

She then copy and pasted a portion of Katherine’s Wikipedia bio which made us feel kind of weird. “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. #blackhistorymonth 💋💋💋

The real Katherine Johnson (seen below), 97, lives in Hampton, Virginia. Hidden Figures is scheduled to be released January, 13 2017.

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Katt Williams Is Ready For His Comeback: “My Only Goal Is Getting Better”

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Katt Williams is ready for his triumphant return!

After a series of arrests and bizarre incidents in 2016 that seemed to overshadow his public persona, Williams told HipHollywood he’s getting back to work and putting his personal issues behind him.

“Remember none of those things have ever been about work,” he said when asked if he hopes his new projects will overshadow his past missteps. “It’s more about having to deal with situations that are purposely thrown in your direction, and so I’ve been successful in the fact that I’m not nearly as good as I’m going to be,” he explained.

But if you’re thinking the 46-year-old comedian is in denial about his issues, he says absolutely not.

“I’m not one of those people that doesn’t recognize he’s stumbled,” he asserts. “I embrace the stumble because I know I’m going to come back faster than before, so my only goal is getting better at all points.”

And with six projects slated for release including the comedy, Father Figure with Owen Wilson and Ed Helms, Williams appears to be back on the right track.

“I’m really in each of these comebacks trying to be a better person than the person that left, and if you liked that person this is just a better version than that because that’s what I’m on.”

You can see Katt dishing more positivity in the exclusive clip below, and be sure to see Father Figures when it hits theaters December 22.

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