20th Century Fox’s upcoming historical drama “Hidden Figures,” about three African-American women working at NASA in the 1960’s, looks primed for takeoff in 2017. The true story starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe has crowdpleaser written all over it, so much so that it’s a wonder the film has taken this long to get made. The movie hits theaters in January.
Here’s the official synopsis: “Hidden Figures” is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Spencer) and Mary Jackson (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” was co-written and directed by Theodore Melfi, who previously directed the 2014 comedy “St. Vincent” starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts. The rest of the cast includes Kevin Costner as Al Harrison, of NASA’s Space Human Factors Engineering Science and Technology Working Group, and Kirsten Dunst as NASA researcher Vivian Holmes.
To watch the trailer for “Hidden Figures,” check out the video below.