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.