Hidden Figures is the new film celebrating the African-American women behind the moon landing

'Hidden Figures' (2016) Trailer

You've probably never heard of Katherine Johnson, but she played a huge part in America's journey to the moon in 1966 and many other feats achieved by Nasa.

During World War II Johnson became one of the African-American women hired by Nasa's predecessor, Naca, and they were so impressed by her and others like her that they were kept on after the war, working at Nasa until 1986.

Hidden Figures tells the story of Johnson (Taraji P. Henderson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) working through the stigma surrounding both their gender and race, and their wild accomplishments during America's race against the Soviets to the moon.

From a young age, the now 97-year-old Johnson loved to count. "I counted everything. I counted the steps to the road, the steps up to church, the number of dishes and silverware I washed... anything that could be counted, I did," she told Nasa.

After graduating high school at 14 and college at 18, at a time when education for African-American's often didn't stretch past eighth grade, Johnson went on to calculate the flight trajectory for Alan Shepard - the first American in space - and supply some of the theory for the Apollo landing.

Pharrell Williams performing at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park
Pharrell is doing the soundtrack for Hidden Figures (David Jensen/PA)

From the trailer the film looks like it will tackle the civil rights issues taking place in America during that era through comedy, although the biopic will undoubtedly have its serious moments.

A stellar cast, complete with Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons, a great untold story and a soundtrack by Pharrell means we can't wait for Hidden Figures to be released early next year.

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