First lady Michelle Obama brought “Hidden Figures” to the White House.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first lady hosted the cast and director of the film at the White House Thursday. The outlet also notes that she had already seen the film, and gave remarks on it at the event as well.
“Hidden Figures” follows Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), brilliant African-American mathematicians who were part of the NASA brain power behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit.
Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth and return safely, and the mission was a resounding success. He died Dec. 8. Johnson, now 97, attended the event at the White House as well. President Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom last year for her work.
In addition, Kirsten Dunst (“Midnight Special”), Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Kevin Costner also star in the film.
The film is based off of the Margot Lee Shetterly book “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race.” The book released in September of this year by HarperCollins.
Marisa Paiva and Elizabeth Gabler are overseeing for Fox 2000. Allison Schroeder adapted the screenplay for the film, which Theodore Melfi directed.
The film is a potential Oscar contender, and received some important nominations this week. The HFPA nominated Octavia Spencer for a Golden Globe. The film received a Best Original Score nod there as well. The Screen Actors Guild nominations followed suit, giving Spencer a nod and recognizing the cast with a Best Ensemble mention.
“Hidden Figures” releases in theaters everywhere Jan. 6, 2017, but will also have a limited Christmas release.