Singer Janelle Monae has been cast as the third lead alongside Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer in the Fox 2000 drama Hidden Figures an upcoming film about African American engineers who made the moon landing happen while confronting segregation in the United States.

This film is based on the adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s book, Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race that will be published in September by HarperCollins.

This film tells the untold true story of the African American women mathematicians, Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Kathryn Peddrew, Sue Wilder, Eunice Smith and Barbara Holley, who worked at NASA during the Civil Rights era.  The story will revolve around these brilliant African-American women who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history, the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and his safe return.  Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission in 1962 and became the first American to orbit the Earth.

Henson will play Katherine Johnson, Spencer will play Dorothy Vaughan and Monae will play the youngest member of the trio, Mary Jackson. Kevin Costner will co-star as the head of the space program.

Mark your calendars!  This film will be released January 2017 (MLK weekend).

This is the type of history that rarely gets media attention.  Check out the fascinating blog for Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of ‘Hidden FiguresHERE