Janelle Monae Joins Taraji P. Henson & Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures”

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Congratulations are in order for Janelle Monae for snagging a role in a new space drama!

A rep for Janelle Monae’s Wondaland confirms that the songstress will join Empire’s Taraji P. Henson and veteran actress Octavia Spencer along with the incomparable Kevin Costner.

“Hidden Figures” will focus and tell the story of three African-American women who were involved in NASA’s Friendship 7 mission, which resulted in astronaut John Glenn become the first American to orbit the Earth in February 1962.

Monae’s love for NASA is no new phenomenon. She told Billboard in December 2013, when asked about her Cindi Mayweather full-length feature, “It’s already written. But I’m thinking of going and being a part of NASA, joining their tech team, so I can get a free ride to space. So that’s my next move. Who knows what we’re going to do next. We’re definitely in talks and have had people reach out, but we’ll see.”

Henson will take on the role of Katherine Henson (a mathematician) and both Spencer and Monae will play her colleagues Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, Variety reports.

IMDB says, Hidden Figures will land in theaters in 2017.

I love the way these particular African-American women have been challenging Hollywood, breaking boundaries and pushing the envelope. They definitely posses that #BlackGirlMagic!

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