Pharrell Williams Joins ‘Hidden Figures’ As Producer, Music ComposerPosted by Wilson Morales
March 16, 2016
According to Deadline, Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams is coming aboard to the Fox 2000 mathematician film “Hidden Figures” as a producer and music composer.
The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, singer Janelle Monáe. Also featured in the film are Kevin Costner, Kirsten Durst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, and Aldis Hodge.
Williams joins a producing group that includes Ted Melfi, who will also direct the film, Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping through Chernin Entertainment; and Donna Gigliotti of Levantine Films.
Based on Margot Lee Shetterly book “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race,” the film will focus on centers on Katherine Johnson (Henson), a brilliant African-American mathematician who, along with her colleagues Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) and Dorothy Vaughan (Spencer), 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. The three women crossed all gender, race and professional lines while embarking on the mission.
Powell will play astronaut John Glenn, who was on the Friendship 7 mission in 1962 and became the first American to orbit the Earth. Ali is slated to play the love interest of Henson.
“Hidden Figures” is set to hit theaters on January 13, 2017.