The first trailer has been released for the upcoming movie Hidden Figures, based on the true story about three mathematicians who were instrumental in sending John Glenn into orbit in 1962.
The movie will star Taraji P. Henson as Katherine G. Johnson, Octavia Spenser as Dorothy Vaughan, and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson as they work at NASA fighting the gender and racial biases against them. The women being portrayed were key mathematicians and engineers in the space program, though their work had not been widely credited. According to the NY Times, the movie is to be based on the book written by Margot Lee Shetterly, who knew Ms. Johnson but didn’t know about the extent of her involvement with NASA until her father had mentioned it one day.
Donna Gigliotti offered for the rights to the book after reading Shetterly’s proposal and offered her reasoning for doing so:
For Ms. Gigliotti, the “Hidden Figures” story line had everything and more: the Cold War, the space race, the damages of segregation and racial and gender inequality, all set against the country’s burgeoning civil rights struggles.
The movie is set to be released January 13, 2017, and the trailer is available to watch below.
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