In a time when race has become a somewhat divisive subject, along comes ‘Hidden Figures’ to show what can be achieved when you look past sexism and prejudice to work for a common goal – and what better common goal was there than getting John Glenn to orbit the Earth?
Based on the true untold events during the nation’s race to space, ‘Hidden Figures’ follows the real-life story of female African-Americans Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) who provided the calculations behind the success of Project Mercury, one of the greatest space operations in history. For her work with NASA, Johnson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2015.
Directed by Theodore Melfi, the film not only recreates some of the difficulties these women had to endure during the 60s in a world where men dominated the science fields, but it also shows the ironies of the time with some humor.
There is some serious Oscar buzz surrounding the film and it is clear from the trailer below why. Check it out and make sure you don’t miss the film when it drops in limited release in theaters on Christmas Day and everywhere on January 6, 2017.
And check back with ScienceFiction.com as we’ll be giving you more on the hidden treasures of ‘Hidden Figures’ as the film release approaches!
‘Hidden Figures’ stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell & Kimberly Quinn and will be in limited release in theaters on Dec. 25, 2015.