Science Entertainment Corner: Hidden Figures Trailer, HeLa Cast Additions

September 5 note – I’ve received feedback that I’m not clear about a key difference between the film Hidden Figures and the book of the same name that the film is based on.  The book is non-fiction and the film is a fictionalized adaptation.  I apologize for the lack of clarity.

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Hidden Figures is a forthcoming book and film chronicling the efforts of NASA’s black female mathematicians during the space race.  The book comes out in September, and the film (a fictionalized adaptation) is scheduled to debut in January 2017.  On Sunday 20th Century FOX studios released a trailer for the film.

Based on the number of known actors involved, the January release seems a bit odd from an awards perspective.  If it’s as good of a film as it looks like on paper, I’ll cross my fingers that people remember it the following January.

HBO continues to cast for its upcoming film treatment of Rebecca Skloot’s book The Secret Life of Henrietta Lacks.  Rocky Carroll, currently seen on NCIS as Director Leon Vance, has been cast as Sonny Lacks, one of Henrietta’s children, and brother to Deborah Lacks (played by Oprah Winfrey, who is one of the producers of the film).  Several other roles have been cast, and other actors you might recognize include Courtney B. Vance (recently seen in The People vs. O.J. Simpson as Johnnie Cochran) and Leslie Uggams  According to Skloot filming started this month in Atlanta, so I would not expect to hear any additional casting news.  No air date is scheduled yet, but sometime in the second half of 2017 would be a reasonable guess.

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