Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae star in Hidden Figures, a movie about the story of scientists Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson.
Johnson, Vaughan, and Jackson were three African American women who worked for NASA during its formative years whose work was crucial to the success of the agency’s Mercury and Apollo missions.
Johnson, in particular, calculated the trajectories for Project Mercury and for the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, and all three were instrumental in advancing computer science in the United States.
Directed by Theodore Melfi from a script he co-wrote with Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, Hidden Figures is based on the nonfiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story focuses on the work and challenges behind the successful spaceflight of astronaut John Glenn, who became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. The film will be the first time the contributions of African American scientists to that effort have been the focus of story about the space race on film. Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, and Glen Powell also star.
The first trailer for the film is out now and you can watch it below! You’ll definitely catch us in theaters on opening night — January 13 2017.