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Taraji P Henson to play NASA maths genius Katherine Johnson

CASTING CALL: Taraji P Henson with her Golden Globe award

EMPIRE STAR Taraji P Henson is swapping music and Champagne for aeronautics and geometry for her new film role.

Henson is to star in Hidden Figures, a movie based on the book Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Henson will play the role of Katherine Johnson, a NASA math genius who, along with her colleagues Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, were the black women responsible for helping astronaut John Glenn with his space mission during the 1960s. The three women crossed all gender, race and professional lines while embarking on the mission.

Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission in 1962 and became the first American to orbit the earth.

Henson recently picked up a Golden Globe Award for best actress in a TV drama series for her work in Fox’s Empire, where she plays sassy Cookie Lyon.

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