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‘Hidden Figures’ Headed to TIFF For Exclusive First Look

Hidden Figures
Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae, left), Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) celebrate their stunning achievements in one of the greatest operations in history. Photo Credit: Hopper Stone.

Hidden Figures” is shaping up to be a film to look out for. Fox is pulling out all the stops for the project by providing an exclusive first look at some footage from the film at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a frequent stop for Oscar hopefuls.

The Hollywood Reporter, who first broke the news, notes that the film could get a huge awards season push this fall, and this is the first stop for the film. The outlet reports that a Q&A with Pharrell Williams, director Theodore Melfi, and stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe will happen after the footage debuts. Williams, who produced the film and wrote original songs for it, will do an outdoor concert with other artists involved in the film’s music at the fest as well.

“Hidden Figures” follows Katherine Johnson (Henson), a brilliant African-American mathematician who was part of the brain power behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit. Two other African-American women, Dorothy Vaughn (Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Monáe), served with Johnson on the mission, which was a resounding success.

Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth and return safely.

In addition, Kirsten Dunst (“Midnight Special”), Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Kevin Costner also star in the film.

The film is based off of the Margot Lee Shetterly book “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race.” The book is set to be published in September of this year by HarperCollins.

Marisa Paiva and Elizabeth Gabler are overseeing for Fox 2000. Allison Schroeder adapted the screenplay.

“Hidden Figures” is currently slated for a Jan. 13, 2017 release, but could see an earlier, limited awards qualifying release in December.


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Written by Lauren Huff

Lauren Huff is a film and awards geek. When she's not writing about film and the industry, she's drinking coffee, reading mystery novels or hanging out with her husband and stinking-cute puppy. She's reported from the red carpets of Austin Film Festival, SXSW and various film premieres. Her work has appeared in several outlets, including Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Us Weekly and more.

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