The US are racing against Russia to put a man in space, and NASA found the answer in the untapped talent of a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.
Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, the film follows these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds, specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, while guaranteeing his safe return.
Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes (it says here).
Personally, I think the trailer tells the entire story without needing to go and see it on the big screen… or any screen.
Directed by Theodore Melfi, the film stars Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons and Mahershala Ali.
Hidden Figures also needs a better title, but if it’s your bag, then it’s out in the UK on February 24th, 2017.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image.
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