Last fall, it was announced that author Margot Lee Shetterly’s book, “Hidden Figures,” which hasn’t actually been published yet (but will be this year via HarperCollins), was been optioned for Ted Melfi to direct (he’s the director of 2014’s acclaimed dramedy “St. Vincent,” which starred Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, and Naomi Watts. Terrence Howard played a supporting role in the film, which was Melfi’s feature directorial debut).
Shetterly’s “Hidden Figures” tells the untold true story of the African American women mathematicians - Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Kathryn Peddrew, Sue Wilder, Eunice Smith and Barbara Holley - who worked at NASA during the Civil Rights era. The book tells their story through the personal accounts of 4 specific women that then-NASA staffers referred to as “the colored computers.” Shetterly, whose father was one of the first African American engineers employed by NASA, is a journalist.
At the time of the initial announcement, it was reported that Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson were all on the producer’s short list of actresses that were being considered for starring roles in the film. Today, the studio has confirmed that Ms. Henson has now been cast to headline the drama, starring as mathematician Katherine Johnson.
The actresses who will play of her colleagues will be announced at a later date