Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe, tells the true story of mathematicians and scientists Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, African American women who worked for NASA during its formative years and 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. The first trailer has just been released, which you can watch above.
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. From 20th Century Fox, Hidden Figures will blast off into theaters January 13.