'Hidden Figures' trailer: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer break glass ceiling as 1960s NASA scientists

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20th Century Fox debuted the first trailer for its upcoming movie Hidden Figures during coverage of the Rio Summer Olympics.

The film centers on the untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962.

The first trailer shows how the trio battled stereotypes and defied expectations even as they made history.

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The cast also includes Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge and Glen Powell.

Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi wrote the screenplay, with Melfi directing. The movie hits theaters Jan. 13.

Watch the trailer below.

See more from "Hidden Figures" star Taraji P. Henson in the gallery below!

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Taraji P. Henson at the Golden Globes 2016
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actors Taraji P. Henson (L) and Terrence Howard attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actors Taraji P. Henson (L) and Terrence Howard attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Presenters Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard speak onstage during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
Actress Taraji P. Henson poses with the award for Best Actress in a TV Series Drama for her role in Empire, in the press room at the 73nd annual Golden Globe Awards, January 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP / FREDERIC J BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Taraji P. Henson poses with the award for Best Actress in a TV Series Drama for her role in Empire, in the press room at the 73nd annual Golden Globe Awards, January 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP / FREDERIC J BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Taraji P. Henson, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama for 'Empire,' poses in the press room during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Taraji P. Henson, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama for 'Empire,' poses in the press room during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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