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Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer star as NASA mathematicians Mary Jackson, Katherine G. Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughn. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

It’s time for lift-off for Hidden FiguresTheodore Melfi‘s biopic about a group of black scientists who defied prejudice to help launch astronaut John Glenn into space in 1962.

A trailer released yesterday (August 14) shows Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson take the lead as real-life mathematician genius Katherine Johnson, who began her career as one of NASA’s first “computers,” or female staff responsible for calculating the results of wind tunnel tests, alongside Mary Jackson (played by singer-actor Janelle Monáe) and Dorothy Vaughn (Oscar winner Octavia Spencer).

Based on a book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, the film follows Johnson as she encounters stereotypes and lowered expectations to calculate the flight trajectory for Alan Shepard, the first American in space, and supply some of the theory that eventually ensured the success of the Apollo moon landing.

It’s an extraordinary story that’s been hidden for too long. And from the look of the trailer, it’s going to be funny as well as inspiring:

Hidden Figures, which also stars Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst, hits theaters January 13, 2017.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.