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.
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 is out in cinemas now.