Fox has premiered a music (lyric) video for an original song from the soundtrack for “Hidden Figures,” titled “I See a Victory” by singer Kim Burrell and the gospel choir Echoes of Praise. Watch the video below.
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe star as the three leads in “Hidden Figures,” a film about the African American women who were instrumental in helping NASA launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
Originally scheduled for a January 13, 2017 release, Fox moved up the opening date for “Hidden Figures” to December 25, giving it an initial limited theatrical release (we assume an Oscar-qualifying run), before a January 6, 2017 nationwide roll-out. So we can officially add the film to our 2017 Oscar potentials (although it’s already on my list). Oscar analysts have its 3 stars on their long lists of potential contenders.
Given all the marketing materials we’ve seen thus far for the film, presenting it as a relatively innocuous, uplifting family dramedy, a release date during the holidays makes sense.
Director Ted Melfi’s much-anticipated feature film adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s book of the same name (published 2 months ago), tells the untold true story of some of the African American women mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Civil Rights era.
At the center of Shetterly’s “Hidden Figures” are Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Kathryn Peddrew, Sue Wilder, Eunice Smith and Barbara Holley, who all worked at NASA during the Civil Rights era, often referred to as “the colored computers.”
Shetterly, whose father was one of the first African American engineers employed by NASA, is a journalist.
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, Aldis Hodge, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, Kirsten Dunst and Glen Powell.
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.
Watch the video for “I See a Victory” below: