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Hidden Figures is making a surprise stop at the Toronto International Film Festival, which is set to run Sept. 8-18, where Fox will show exclusive footage of the film before hosting an outdoor concert with Pharrell Williams and other performing artists involved with the movie’s soundtrack.
The movie, a biographical drama directed by Theodore Melfi, centers on the untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), a trio of brilliant African-American mathematicians working at NASA in the early days of the space race who helped launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962.
A first trailer for Hidden Figures, which debuted last weekend during Rio Olympics coverage, shows how the trio battled stereotypes and defied expectations even as they made history.
Immediately following the footage screened at TIFF, there will be a Q&A with the three actresses, along with Melfi and Williams.
Fox is so keen on the movie it has worked with festival organizers to bring at least a portion of Hidden Figures to Toronto, a launching pad for Oscar contenders. Hidden Figures isn’t set to hit theaters until Jan. 13, but Fox may open the movie in select theaters before the year is out in order to qualify for awards.
Allison Schroeder adapted the screenplay, which is based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book of the same name. Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge and Glen Powell also star.
Williams boarded the project in the spring. He wrote some of the original songs and helping guide the soundtrack.
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