The New Hidden Figures Trailer Inspires

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By Karen Valenzuela, @VictoriaNoir89

 

“Meet the women you don’t know, behind the mission you do.”

 

20th Century Fox has officially released the trailer for Hidden Figures. It focuses on three real-life African-American women who were instrumental in the U.S. space race of the 1950s and 60s. Taraji P. Henson (known for her dynamite role in Empire) stars as NASA mathematician and physicist Katherine Johnson, who calculated the trajectory for NASA’s Project Mercury, while also being influential in the mission that saw Neil Armstrong as the first man to set foot on the moon. Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, as Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, round out the amazing cast that is making Hidden Figures look like it will be a powerhouse film.

 

 

The film was widely anticipated already, and now the release of the trailer has only increased that antipicipation. And it’s no wonder. The trailer highlights the barriers these women faced in society and in particular at NASA, not just as women in a male-dominated workplace, but as African-American women in a predominantly white environment as well.

 

We see men, both white and black, question whether a woman’s brain (and by extension a black woman’s brain) can handle the complicated, exceedingly important physics required to make John Glenn’s infamous mission to orbit Earth successful. And then we see Kirsten Dunst as Vivian Michael, the white woman overseeing Johnson’s work, give her a warning seeping with implications: “Don’t embarrass me.” And as Johnson arrives to claim her new desk, one of her coworkers puts a full trash bin in her arms for her to empty, assuming she’s the cleaning woman.

 

But with lines like, “Yes, they let women do some things at NASA, Mr. Johnson. And it’s not because we wear skirts. It’s because we wear glasses”, and “It’s equal rights. I have the right to see fine in every color”, this movie already looks like it’ll require a couple of fist punches into the air.

 

Hidden Figures is directed by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent), and stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Aldis Hodge, and Mahershala Ali. The film hits theaters on January 13, 2017.

 

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

 

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    One Comment

  1. JordanAugust 17th, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Man, I’m sad we have to wait until 2017!! This looks like an incredible film! A good mini-series to watch in preparation for this film is Astronaut Wives Club.

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