First Trailer for "Hidden Figures" Highlights the Women of Color Who Helped Win the Space Race

Monday, 15 August 2016 - 10:38AM
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Monday, 15 August 2016 - 10:38AM
First Trailer for "Hidden Figures" Highlights the Women of Color Who Helped Win the Space Race
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Give credit where credit is due. The first trailer for the upcoming film Hidden Figures places the spotlight on female scientists of color who quietly helped The US win the space race:



Based on the upcoming book Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, the movie tells the story of the "Human Computers" who calculated flight paths ahead of John Glenn's historic trip to Earth's orbit. Among these were several black women, known as "colored computers," who were segregated from the rest of the employees according to Jim Crow laws, including Katherine Johnson, a mathematics genius who went on to calculate the trajectories for Project Mercury and Apollo 11. The contributions achieved by Johnson and her colleagues have mostly gone unrecognized, so hopefully this film will go a long way towards changing that.

Hidden Figures will be released early next year, but will hopefully get a limited release in December to qualify for awards season, American Sniper-style because this cast is unbelievable and seems to turn in great performances. It includes Empire's Taraji P. Henson, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, singer Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Luke Cage's Mahershala Ali. And the movie generally looks like a well-made, awards-friendly biopic, so hopefully it will get a high-profile fall release.

The official synopsis reads:

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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.
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Hidden Figures hits theaters on January 13, 2017.
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