When you think of space travel, you probably think of names like Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and Buzz Aldrin. But as the saying goes, behind every great man is an even greater woman—sometimes three.
The new film Hidden Figures tells the remarkable true story of a group of African-American women who helped accomplish one of the greatest feats in human history: sending a man to space.
This groundbreaking trio of ladies included Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), all of who worked at NASA during the lead-up to John Glenn’s trip into orbit in 1962. The three were, in many respects, the brains behind the operation. Of course, it wasn’t just advanced physics and rocket science that stood in their path. They overcame both racial and gender discrimination.
The inspiring story—which has never been depicted on-screen until now—highlights the skill and dedication it took to make space travel possible, galvanizing our nation and changing the world in the process.
Hidden Figures’ star-studded supporting cast includes Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, and Aldis Hodge. The film also features a stellar soundtrack with original music by Pharrell, who served as a producer of the film. You can hear some of the new tracks in the official trailer below, and don’t forget to like, share, and retweet for the chance to win two tickets to ComplexCon this November!