First Lady Michelle Obama will host the cast of Fox 2000’s “ ” 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.