Octavia Spencer joins “Hidden Figures” movie

A few days ago we reported that current Hollywood It Girl Taraji P Henson will star in Hidden Figures, a film adaption of the book by Margot Lee Shetterly about African American women mathematicians who were instrumental in getting NASA missions off the ground. Now Variety is reporting that Octavia Spenser will join the cast as one of the women.

OCTAVIA SPENCER Credit:ERIK PENDZICH/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Oprah Winfrey and Viola Davis are reportedly being pursued for the project as well. Apparently they want to start production fairly soon, so we should know who the rest of the cast is in the next few weeks.

I’m excited about this movie, I’m a space nerd who has watched Apollo 13 an embarrassing number of times and owns the complete DVD set of From Earth to the Moon. Yeah, I’m hard core. Aside from the all-star cast we already know, there is an all-start cast behind the camera. Ted Melfi (St Vincent) is set to direct. Donna Gigliotti (Shakespeare In Love, Silver Linings Playbook) will produce and Allison Schroeder (Pineapple Express, Shipping Julia) penned the screenplay.

This movie is gonna rule!

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