The Wrap exclusively reports that singer Janelle Monáe has signed up for a key role in Fox 2000’s Hidden Figures.
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.
The three mathematicians will be played by Taraji P. Henson (Katherine Johnson), Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughn) and now Janelle Monáe is cast as the third mathematician (Mary Jackson). Also cast in the film is Kevin Costner, who will be playing the head of the space program and Theodore Melfi is on directing duties. Monáe, who has done voice work on Rio 2, will make her first on screen acting role in Moonlight, while Hidden Figures will be her first studio role.