‘Hidden Figures’ Trailer: Meet The Woman Behind NASA’s Space Race Success

Some of the biggest achievements in the world often have great stories behind them. But sadly we get to see only a few of them coming to the limelight while many remain hidden. One such success story takes us back in time to 60’s, the age of the Space race. The film is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly.

20th Century Fox has the official trailer for Hidden Figures. The film which tells the story of the women behind the successful NASA mission which launched astronaut John Glenn into space and he became the first human to orbit the Earth. The film also focuses mainly on scientist Katherine Johnson, who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon.

The trailer is very promising though runs longer than it should have. The cast of is immensely talented, and it sure does look that we will be getting some very memorable performances.  We have an underdog story which usually have fared very well with both critics and the general public. Add in a female centric film with the leads as African American women in the 60’s you know you are looking at a possible Oscar contender. However, I hope that this is not just made for the Academy voters but also largely accessible to the general public as this is a story that needs to be told.

Here’s the trailer for Hidden Figures:

Video Courtesy : 20th Century Fox  via YouTube

Theodore Melfi directs the historical biopic. He previously directed St. Vincent (2014) starring Bill Murray. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson,  Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughn, Janelle Monáe as Janelle Jackson, and Glen Powell as John Glenn. Also starring are Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, and Aldis Hodge.

Hidden Figures opens in theaters on January 13, 2017.

Read the official synopsis for the film below:

HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (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.

Hidden Figures Poster

Kenneth Sequeira

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