Black actresses don't get enough shine on the Hollywood big screen and are usually limited to playing a slave or being the side companion to a leading white role. But with Hidden Figures, the newest film from 20th Century Fox, the Black Girl Magic is refreshingly displayed front and center.
The movie is based on the real-life story of brilliant black women working at NASA who helped launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962. It stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine G. Johnson, Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan) and Janelle Monáe (Mary Jackson). In the trailer above, the three ladies fight through race and gender stereotypes as they make scientific history.
Hidden Figures also features Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge and Glen Powell. It is directed by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent) and written by Allison Schroeder (Mean Girls 2). According to EW, Pharrell will be producing the soundtrack.
Look out for Hidden Figures when it premieres Jan. 13. Janelle Monáe will also be making her film debut in Moonlight, which hits theaters on Oct. 21. Check out that trailer here, and then flip through a list of female R&B singers you need to be listening to right now.