Shawn Edwards talked with Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe about Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, the African American mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon.

 

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers“, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes. Written by 20th Century Fox

Directed by              Theodore Melfi
Produced by
  • Donna Gigliotti
  • Peter Chernin
  • Jenno Topping
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Theodore Melfi
Screenplay by
  • Allison Schroeder
  • Theodore Melfi
Based onHidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly
Starring
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Kevin Costner
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Jim Parsons
Music by
  • Hans Zimmer
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Benjamin Wallfisch
CinematographyMandy Walker
Edited byPeter Teschner
Production
company
  • Fox 2000 Pictures
  • Chernin Entertainment
  • Levantine Films
  • TSG Entertainment
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • December 25, 2016 (United States)
Running time
126 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$25 million
Box office$2.6 million