Black Women Elevate the Space Program in the First Hidden Figures Trailer

Hidden Figures brings together Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe for a telling of the true story of the black women who worked on NASA’s Project Mercury and Apollo 11.

The film is a biographical drama based on the book Margot Lee Shetterly. It’s directed by Theodore Melfi and co-written with Allison Schroeder.

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.

Hidden Figures also stars Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, and Mahershala Ali. It will be in theaters January 13, 2017 and I am so, so excited to see it.

11 Responses to “Black Women Elevate the Space Program in the First Hidden Figures Trailer”

  1. teenygozer says:

    I got tingles watching this!

  2. marysueme says:

    I am super excited about this and I’ve been telling all my friends.

  3. Alan Izar says:

    This movie is going to be so good, I am sure of it.

    And it better be Oscar nominated, because it has to sweep all the awards, or at least the actress ones.

  4. I barely recognized Janelle Monae; my head was telling me that’s who it was, and I kept thinking it couldn’t be and was probably someone else. That’s awesome.

    • Jess_Witt says:

      It is a bit jarring to see Ms. Monae in clothes that aren’t black and white.

      • Or with her bouffant hairdo. Or without some part of her being a robot.

        • Alan Izar says:

          The accent doesn’t help either – the drawl is pretty evident in the trailer and I actually had some trouble understanding her.

          • teenygozer says:

            Hee! Okay, given the movie in question, it’s kind of hilarious that you guys who commented on Harrison’s post are all so discomfited by a black woman stepping out of a narrowly-defined box to try something else. But it’s also kind of sad to see negative words like “jarring” and “doesn’t help” when you could have, like Harrison, been positive about Ms. Monae for stepping outside of the box.

  5. lev36 says:

    Saw this mentioned on The Mother Ship, and what an awesome bit of history to finally get some attention!

  6. Gerald Kirby says:

    This looks like it might be an enjoyable movie. I am a little worried that it’s getting a January release though. It means that the movie won’t be eligible for this year’s Oscars, unless it first gets an early release in LA. Also, January tends to be a dumping ground for movie that studios don’t have much faith in. Hopefully I’m worrying for nothing.

    • Alan Izar says:

      Since this has OSCAR BAIT written all over it, I will not be surprised if it has an early release in LA.

      Otherwise it’ll be an excuse for #Oscarsowhite to happen again.