feature: janelle monáe snags role in nasa drama “hidden figures” alongside taraji p. henson, octavia spencer

March 10, 2016

Janelle Monáe joins Academy Award winners Octavia Sencer and Kevin Costner and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson in Fox 2000’s NASA drama “Hidden Figures”. The film centers around three black mathematicians who were involved in NASA’s Friendship 7 mission, resulting in astronaut John Glenn becoming the first American to orbit Earth in 1962. Monáe and Spencer will play colleagues to Henson’s Katherine Henson (a mathematician).

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