A film that I thought might actually be released later this year as a potential awards season contender (it has all the makings of one), director Ted Melfi’s “Hidden Figures”, the much-anticipated feature film adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s book of the same name, which won’t be published until this fall by Harper Collins, tells the untold true story of some of the African American women mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Civil Rights era.
Starring in the film are Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, as the unsung scientists.
They are joined in supporting roles by Mahershala Ali, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, Kirsten Dunst and Glen Powell in the film,
The adaptation was developed by producer Donna Gigliotti (producer of Oscar-caliber fare like “Shakespeare In Love” and “Silver Linings Playbook”), with Allison Schroeder penning the screenplay adaptation, which 20th Century Fox picked up, with a January 2017 release date eyed.
Here’s a link to a NY Times article that provides much more detail on the film’s actresses and the women they portray.
I am very excited for this movie because it showcases something different. A cast of amazing black women in a STEM field displaying how they contributed to NASA during the Civil Rights movement. Their story will be told and I hope it does well in theaters and from critics.