If you were watching the Olympics last night you got a chance to see the first trailer for Hidden Figures, a movie about the unheralded black, women mathematicians who helped John Glenn be the first American to orbit the earth. Well, I say helped, but they basically made it possible to the point that they were fact checking the computers who were eventually brought in to crunch numbers.
Taraji P. Henson,Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae take on the roles of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson respectively. That’s basically a slam dunk of casting that’s sure to get some eyes during Oscar time. More importantly, however, the movie doesn’t look as terribly cheesy as it could. Hopefully its more character than cliche and can deliver these women the spotlight they deserve.