Kevin Costner to star in space drama

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 March 2016
Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner has been cast in the new space film 'Hidden Figures' alongside Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson

Kevin Costner is set to star in a new space drama.

The 61-year-old actor has reportedly been cast as the head of the NASA space programme in the forthcoming film 'Hidden Figures' alongside his former co-star Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson, according to Variety.

The movie will follow the story of a mathematician (Henson) who, along with her colleagues Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, served as the masterminds behind the historic launch of astronaut John Glenn - the first American to orbit the Earth - into space in 1962.

The film - set in the 1960s - will be based on Margot Lee Shetterly's forthcoming book 'Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race', while Ted Melfi will produce the new project.

It's not yet known when the drama will go into production but, in the meantime, Costner can next be seen in the action-thriller 'Criminal', which hits cinemas on April 15.

The legendary actor will portray Jericho Stewart, a dangerous criminal who is implanted with a dead CIA agent's memories to finish an assignment, alongside Gary Oldman, Ryan Reynolds and Tommy Lee Jones.

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