Pharrell Williams is providing music for Hidden Figures soundtrack. He talked about the process a bit with Southern California Public Radio.
“It lifts women in an amazing way,” Pharrell said. “It wasn’t a movie about a weekend trip or divorces or whatever. It’s a movie about three African American female protagonists who were into science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We thought, ‘Why not give them music that felt a little more hopeful toward them?’ We really wanted to think about that.”
This newest track, “Able,” continues that motown, 60s vibe the other songs carried.
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.
Hidden Figures hits theaters January, 6, 2017.