The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons is expanding his presence on the big screen, signing up to star in two upcoming films. The first is race drama Hidden Figures, which stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae as three African-American women who were integral to NASA's first orbital space launch. The incredible true story also stars Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst, with Ted Melfi directing. Parsons will play NASA engineer Paul Stafford.
Parsons will also headline Man-Witch, the long-developing comedy that once saw Jack Black and Zach Galifianakis set for the title role at different points. But now Parsons is in the lead, playing a schoolteacher with supernatural abilities who is invited into a coven. Convinced to attend a school for witches, he discovers all of his classmates are women. Parsons will produce the film as well, but so far there's no word on a director. Back when Warner Bros. first picked up the project they had Todd Phillips attached but he backed out to direct The Hangover. Yeah, that's how long this has been in the works. [THR]