1960’s America wasn’t a fun place to be if you happened to be black, or happened to be a woman. If you were both, the ratio of doors closed to you compared to the doors open was, to put it gently, soul crushing.
But in the 1960’s, at NASA, something remarkable was happening. Black female mathematicians were helping put the first man in orbit around the Earth. Today’s trailer is for Hidden Figures, the story of the unsung heroes of the United States space program.
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.
It releases in theaters on January 17, 2017.