‘Hidden Figures’ Trailer: Meet the Women Behind NASA’s Historic Flight

Image via Hopper Stone / 20th Century Fox
Image via Hopper Stone / 20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox has dropped the first trailer for Hidden Figures, the upcoming true-story picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe.

Co-written and directed by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent), Hidden Figures tells the true story of three African-American women that had very important role to play in NASA launching astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and effectively turning around the Space Race.

This certainly looks like an amiable picture, especially with the charismatic-looking turns given by the three leads, and there’s no denying how fascinating this story is. The trailer is good, although at three minutes in length it does offer up a bit too much, giving away one too many plot points for our liking. For now, this looks like a feel-good pic. We’ll see.

By the way, the film also boasts a very intriguing duo behind the music. Oscar-winner composer Hans Zimmer teamed up with Grammy Award-winner Pharrell Williams.

Hidden Figures, also starring Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, and Glen Powell, will arrive in Australia on January 12 and hits the U.S. on January 13, 2017.

Synopsis for Hidden Figures:

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

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