Hidden Figures uncovers the true story of a the black female mathematicians at NASA who helped win the space race against America's rivals in the Soviet Union and, at the same time, sent the quest for equal rights and opportunity rocketing forwards. The film centers on Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson who worked at NASA as "human computers" in the 1950s. Hidden Figures is based on the Sloan-supported book by Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.
Directed by Theodore Melfi. Written by Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder. Produced by Peter Chernin, Donna Gigliotti, Theodore Melfi, Jenno Topping, and Pharrell Williams. Edited by Peter Teschner. Photographed by Mandy Walker. Production design by Wynn Thomas. Music by Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer, Benjamin Wallfisch. Principal cast: Taraji P. Henson (as Katherine Johnson), Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan), Janelle Monáe (Mary Jackson), Kevin Costner (Al Harrison), Kirsten Dunst (Vivian Michael), Glen Powell (John Glenn), Jim Parsons (Paul Stafford).