Michelle Obama to host Hidden Figures White House screening
Cast members Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Kevin Costner will attend
First lady Michelle Obama is rolling out the red carpet for Hidden Figures, Fox’s 1960s-set drama about the unsung black female mathematicians who helped NASA launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
The White House has announced that the FLOTUS will deliver remarks and host cast members including Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, Octavia Spencer, and Kevin Costner at a Thursday screening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The event is intended to “highlight the stories of Americans who have made significant contributions in the history of space flight, space science, and innovation.”
Directed by Theodore Melfi and based on Margot Lee Shatterly’s nonfiction book of the same name, Hidden Figures tells the story of Katherine G. Johnson (Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Monáe), who battled racism and sexism while playing a key role in the space race.
Johnson, now 97, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama last year and is also expected to attend the screening.
Hidden Figures will open Dec. 25 in select theaters before going nationwide Jan. 6.