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Watch Taraji P. Henson take over NASA in 'Hidden Figures' trailer

Maeve McDermott
USATODAY

Taraji P. Henson just traded Cookie Lyon's furs for vintage eyeglasses and swingy '60s skirts.

Henson stars alongside Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer in Hidden Figures, playing an inspiring woman whose name audiences should, but probably won't, recognize: Katherine Johnson. A trailblazing NASA mathematician, Johnson calculated the trajectory for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 spaceflight to the Moon in 1969.

Sneak peek: Unsung heroines at heart of 'Hidden Figures'

See the new poster below:

Bow down.

Based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly (out Sept. 6), Hidden Figures follows Johnson as she begins working at NASA alongside colleagues Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) on John Glenn's 1962 mission to orbit the Earth.

But just because Henson is playing a math whiz doesn't mean she's tapping into some hidden passion. “All the science jargon is a bit overwhelming,” she joked in an interview with USA TODAY. “I look up the terms and I still don’t know what they mean, just like I didn’t know what they meant when I was in high school.”

Get a further sneak peek of the movie hereHidden Figures hits theaters on Jan. 13.