The story centres on Katherine Johnson, a brilliant African-American mathematician who, along with her colleagues Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history; the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and his safe return. The three women crossed all gender, race and professional lines while embarking on the mission. Spencer will play one of the three mathematicians. Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission in 1962 and became the first American to orbit the Earth.
Kevin Costner has been cast to play the head of the space program, which is being adapted from Margot Lee Shetterly’s novel ‘Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race’, with Allison Schroeder penning the screenplay and Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent) directing.
I’ll admit that I haven’t heard much about the project until recently but it sounds interesting enough for me to check out as it has a talented cast so far.