Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
After delivering the charming St. Vincent starring Bill Murray last year, director Theodore Melfi is setting out to inspire with his latest true story Hidden Figures.
Hidden Figures comes from 20th Century Fox, but it has all the makings of the kind of uplifting story you’d see from Disney as it follows three African-American women working at NASA who not only helped break barriers in space, but also back home in their own offices. Now a new Hidden Figures trailer shows more of their inspirational work that helped move the human race forward in more ways than one.
Here’s the new Hidden Figures trailer from 20th Century Fox:
This is the kind of movie that kids need to see in order to remind them that they can be whatever they want to be, whether they’re men or women, and regardless of the color of their skin. Lead actress Taraji P. Henson (Empire) reiterated at much when we attended a sneak preview of footage from the movie back in September:
If I had known about these women coming up, maybe I would have aspired to be a rocket scientist. Not to say that I have a bad journey, but what I’m saying is that nowadays, this is all kids of color feel like they have. Sports. Rap. Acting. And there’s so much more important work to be done. And to be a part of a project that will give children like me, where I grew up, hope, to dream a different dream, that is — I can’t even quite put it into words, it really feels surreal right now.
Even though the film won’t be going wide until the first week of January, the studio was smart enough to stake out an awards qualifying release date on Christmas Day. It’s easy to see why the movie might garner up some awards love with promising performances from Taraji P. Henson (Katherine G. Johnson), Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan) and Janelle Monáe (Mary Jackson).
If you’re interested in getting even more from this story, it’s based on a book by Margot Lee Shetterly, which you can pick up right now.
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.
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