When most people think of NASA, they probably conjure up some vague image of the moon landing, or maybe they recall seeing a space shuttle launch for the first time. But behind these milestones are brilliant scientists, engineers and mathematicians, and Hidden Figures wants to introduce you to some of them.
Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson portrays Katherine Johnson, a uniquely gifted mathematician who – along with colleagues Dorothy Vaughan (Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Grammy nominee Janelle Monáe) – helped the United States achieve one of its biggest successes by launching astronaut John Glen into orbit, despite the frequent obstacles presented by their gender and race.
Check out the first trailer for Hidden Figures below.
I really like the vibe of this trailer, and it’s got a solid director in Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent) – not to mention a top-notch supporting cast that also includes Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Aldis Hodge, Mahershala Ali, and Glen Powell. With this kind of pedigree, I’m marginally surprised that Hidden Figures isn’t mounting an awards campaign, but it looks like we’ll be waiting a few more months.
Hidden Figures will open on January 13.
HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.