The above image from HIDDEN FIGURES, an upcoming film about the awesome black women who were behind one of the greatest operations in NASA history back in 1962, is pretty much the personification of black joy--something we don't see played out often enough on the big screen. Another thing that is sorely lacking in film: black women brilliance. And this is precisely why this movie has catapulted to the top of my to-watch list.
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and singer Janelle Monae (who actually holds her own in the new trailer below) all brought a smile to my face as they clearly have agency in their own stories, in a Hollywood film no less that is directed by a non-black filmmaker (Theodore Melfi, St. Vincent), who co-wrote the adapted screenplay with Allison Schroeder, who's also not black. That said, I'm really interested to see the final product.
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.
Kirsten Dunst, Kevin Costner, and Jim Parsons round out the impressive cast. Watch the trailer:
HIDDEN FIGURES hits theaters on January 13, 2017.