According to Deadline, our favorite three nerdy girls from the film Hidden Figures might be coming to the small screen.
Nat Geo is in the early development stages for a series about the trailblazing black female mathematicians who made huge contributions to the NASA U.S. space program in its early years.
There is little information about the project at this point, but I just want ya’ll to know that I am entirely here for this. And you should be too!
By the time the Oscars rolled around last year, the film was the highest grossing of all the other best picture nominees. And if you recall, that feat was astonishing because it was a film featuring black women, a demo that studios have repeatedly said can’t carry a film.
Now that we all know that’s hogwash (and it has been for years, but studios just wouldn’t acknowledge it), it’s nice to see black female-led content created with no odd and racially-laced questions asked.
With Nat Geo producing and Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping from Chernin Entertainment jumping on board as executive producers, I wouldn’t doubt that this project is in the right hands. The film was based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race,” and I assume they will use that book, along with the film, to create a series that more deeply explores the layers of each NASA lady.
I am curious to know who they are considering for the roles that Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae made so iconic. I mean, the real-life Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson deserve equally amazing actresses to depict their stories. Who do you think could do those ladies justice on the small screen?
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