WATCH: Empowering NASA story ‘Hidden Figures’ gets first trailer
“It’s not because we wear skirts. It’s because we wear glasses”. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe are bringing some very important women back to life in the first trailer for Theodore Melfi’s upcoming true life drama, Hidden Figures.
Highlighting the work of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – three African American mathematicians and scientists who worked for NASA during its formative years, and whose work was crucial to the success of the agency’s Mercury and Apollo missions – the film takes its basis from the nonfiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly.
Also starring Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge and Glen Powell, the story focuses on the successful spaceflight of astronaut John Glenn, who became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.
We can’t wait to see this first on-screen acknowledgement of the contributions of African American female scientists to the space race.
Hidden Figures hits theatres on January 13th 2017.