feature: get a first glimpse of taraji p. henson, janelle monáe and octavia spencer in fox 2000’s nasa drama “hidden figures”

May 25, 2016

Official initial stills for Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, and Octavia Spencer’s NASA drama, ‘Hidden Figures’ were recently released by the New York Times. The Fox 2000 film centers around three black female mathematicians who were involved in NASA’s Friendship 7 mission—an endeavor that resulted in astronaut John Glenn becoming the first American to orbit Earth in 1962—including Katherine Johnson, played by Henson, who calculated the trajectory for Apollo 11’s moon landing.

‘Hidden Figures’ is slated for release in January 2017.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Credit: Hopper Stone/20th Century Fox

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