‘Hidden Figures’ Tells Little Known Story of How Brilliant Black Women Helped NASA

Hidden FiguresThe little known story of three black women who helped launch John Glenn into orbit in 1962 is about to make its way to the big screen thanks to the upcoming film Hidden Figures.

The biographical drama, whose trailer debuted during the Rio Olympics, will tell the story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), three names who the world may be unfamiliar with, but who played vital roles in helping John Glenn become the first American to orbit the Earth.

Before heading to theaters, the film will make a pit stop at the Toronto International Film Festival “where Fox will show exclusive footage of the film before hosting an outdoor concert with Pharrell Williams and other performing artists involved with the movie’s soundtrack” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Watch the inspirational trailer, and read FOX’s official film description, below:

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 heads to theaters January 13, 2017.

Photo Credit: 20th Century FOX/Hidden Figures Facebook