Much like Cookie, the character she plays on “Empire,” Taraji P. Henson is definitely a hustler. Fresh off of her Golden Globe win, she has signed on to star in the film adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s book Hidden Figures.
The Fox 2000 motion picture, which is based off of a true story, will follow a group of African American women who provided the mathematical information that resulted in the launch of the country’s first successful space mission.
Taraji P. Henson will play the role of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose brief biological information she provided when making the official announcement of her latest role on Instagram:
“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.”
Taraji P. Henson first captured our hearts as Yvette, Tyrese’s love interest in the 2001 movie Baby Boy. She has since starred in No Good Deed alongside Idris Elba, Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Think Like A Man among other movies.
Hidden Figures will be directed by Ted Mefli with a desired release date of January 13, 2017, which falls on Martin Luther King Jr weekend. After mastering the role of an ex convict, do you think she can take on the more serious role of a historical and intellectual female mathematician? Guess, we will have to wait and see.
Congratulations Taraji P. Henson!!
Written by: Sweenie Saint-Vil