Janelle Monae’s making her way deep into Hollywood!
The “Electric Lady” has been cast as the third lead alongside Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer in the upcoming drama “Hidden Figures,” a space drama which will also co-star Kevin Costner.
The film is based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s upcoming book “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race.” The movie follows three African-American women who served as the brains behind NASA’s Friendship 7 mission, which saw astronaut John Glenn become the first American to orbit the Earth in February 1962.
Monae will play Mary Jackson, the youngest of the three women, Henson will play Katherine Johnson, and Spencer will play Dorothy Vaughan. Costner will co-star as the head of the space program.
The film is slated to release in 2017.