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The crowd-pleasing “Hidden Figures” might be based on a true story in an unknown chapter of American history, but not every detail was drawn from real life. The film follows a trio of Nasa mathematicians and engineers during the early sixties “Space Race” era, including Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughn and Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson, but it also required the invention of at least one crucial character.
To create the fictional role of Space Task rroup director Al Harrison, screenwriter Allison Schroeder used three different Nasa past chiefs – including two of Johnson’s own bosses – to round out the character. She gave special attention to the inclusion of personality traits from John Stack, a lauded Nasa aeronautical engineer who Schroeder billed as “kind of this perfect chauvinist feminist,” a forward thinker who was compelled by finding the best person for the job, no matter their race or gender. »
- Kate Erbland
Simon Brew Jan 3, 2017
Kevin Costner is planning a new western. In fact, he might just be planning three or four new westerns...
In recent years, Kevin Costner has been ramping his film career back up again, with a mix of projects, the next being the terrific Hidden Figures. Hidden Figures tells the story of the women of Nasa in the 1960s, and in particular their contribution to the space race. Costner takes on a supporting role in that project, which lands in UK cinemas in February.
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Chatting to Variety to promote Hidden Figures, Costner has admitted too that he’s set to return to feature directing, for just the fourth time. Following Dances With Wolves, The Postman and Open Range, Costner admitted that “I have one”, when quizzed about another directorial project.
It’s a new western too. “I’ve been working on it. »
2 items from 2017
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