×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Michelle Obama to Host ‘Hidden Figures’ Screening at White House

First Lady Michelle Obama will host the cast of Fox 2000’s “Hidden Figures” at a White House screening on Thursday.

Hidden Figures” stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, while Octavia Spencer portrays Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monae plays Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the key scientists on the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962, becoming the first American to orbit the Earth.

The film is directed by Theodore Melfi from a screenplay by himself and Allison Schroeder, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly. Fox opens “Hidden Figures” in limited release on Dec. 25. It will go into wide release on Jan. 6.

Spencer, Henson, Monae, Melfi, and co-star Kevin Costner will be in attendance, along with Pharrell Williams and executives from Fox and producer Chernin Entertainment. Williams wrote original songs for the movie and composed the score with Hans Zimmer.

Johnson will also be in attendance. She was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, last year by President Obama.

“Hidden Figures” received two SAG Award nominations on Wednesday for best ensemble cast and for best supporting actress for Spencer. She also took a Golden Globes nomination this week for best supporting actress.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • 45 Seconds of Laughter

    Film Review: '45 Seconds of Laughter'

    “Everyone is worth more than their worst act,” said Roman Catholic sister and anti-death penalty advocate Helen Prejean, and it’s with these words that “45 Seconds of Laughter” closes. It’s an apt sentiment on which to leave Tim Robbins’ sincerely felt documentary study of the therapeutic acting workshops run by his own theater company in [...]

  • Julie Andrews

    Julie Andrews Selected for AFI's Life Achievement Award

    The American Film Institute Board of Trustees has selected Julie Andrews as the recipient of the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Andrews on April 25 in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be telecast on TNT. “Julie Andrews is practically perfect in every way,” said Kathleen Kennedy, chair of the [...]

  • 4127_D001_00007_RC Phyllis Logan stars as Mrs.

    'Downton Abbey' to Dominate Box Office Weekend With $30 Million

    The feature film version of “Downton Abbey” is heading for an impressive $30 million opening weekend at 3,079 sites for an easy victory at the North American box office, early estimates showed Friday. The launch of Brad Pitt’s space drama “Ad Astra” will land in second with about $20 million, while Sylvester Stallone’s action-thriller “Rambo: [...]

  • BETWEEN TWO FERNS, 2019, PH_0027.RAF

    Film Review: 'Between Two Ferns: The Movie'

    If you’re a fan of “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis,” the fake public-access talk show that Zach Galifianakis has been hosting online, for three to six minutes a pop, over the last 10 years, then you’ll probably like “Between Two Ferns: The Movie,” the snark-lite 82-minute road movie that Galifianakis and his director and [...]

  • The Irishman

    Martin Scorsese, Frances McDormand, Donald Sutherland Join Lineup of France's Lumiere Festival

    Martin Scorsese’s eagerly awaited Netflix movie “The Irishman” wasn’t completed on time to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival, but Thierry Fremaux, Cannes’s topper, managed to pin down the high-profile movie and Scorsese himself for the upcoming Lumiere festival in Lyon next month. Dedicated to heritage movies, the Lumiere festival was created 10 years [...]

  • 'Aladdin' Star Mena Massoud Calls for

    'Aladdin' Star Mena Massoud Calls for a Broader Diversity of Storytelling in Movies and TV

    The star of “Aladdin,” Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud, called for a greater diversity of storytelling in movies and television when he spoke at the glamorous opening ceremony Thursday of the 3rd edition of Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival. Massoud, whose credits include Amazon’s “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and Hulu’s “Reprisal,” lauded “the power of art” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content