Hidden Figures chronicles Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), the brilliant African-American mathematician who worked with Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) as three of the main brains behind John Glenn's first trip into space and back again in 1962. People remember his being the first orbit of the Earth, now we will properly learn who helped get him there. And despite their clear brain power, the women still have to battle racist and sexist attitudes and an institution still largely run by white men.
"It shocked me that there is never any mention of all these women who were part of the space programme," says Spencer told Empire magazine, who plays Vaughan. "One could be bitter about it. But I think bringing this story to life is much more powerful."
Theodore Melfi is behind the camera for this one, working from a script he co-wrote with Allison Schroeder based on Margot Lee Shetterly's eponymous book.
Henson, Spencer and Monáe head up a cast that includes Kevin Costner (Man Of Steel), Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton) and Mahershala Ali (House Of Cards).
Hidden Figures blasts into US cinemas on 13 January, ahead of a UK release date of 24 February.