Singer Janelle Monae will join Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer to tell the story of three African American women who helped NASA win the Space Race, becoming the first Americans to orbit the earth.
The film Hidden Figures tells the story of how a team of African-American women provided NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions. Based on the Margot Lee Shetterly book of the same name, Taraji P. Henson plays the role of a human computer, able to answer formulas and equations that would largely impact the future of NASA. These Black women’s important role in the 1960’s would eventually lead John Glenn to become the first astronaut in history to orbit the Earth. Octavia Spencer will play the role of Dorothy Vaughn alongside Monae and Henson.
Singer, Janelle Monae trained specifically with a mathematician to perfect her role as Mary Jackson in the project. “This is the time where young girls are finally going to hear about a story that was hidden from them and be really moved and inspired,” says Monae. “Whatever empowering story we haven’t heard in the Black community, it’s time to hear it. This is one of them,” she told People Magazine in an interview during the film’s screening at Essence Fest.
Hidden Figures will debut in theaters on January 13, 2017 featuring a musical soundtrack from Pharrell Williams. The film will also include of cast of Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst. Watch the trailer below and share your thoughts.