WATCH: Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer Star as Space Scientists in Hidden Figures

Taraji P. Henson is leaving Cookie behind for her turn as a space scientist in the upcoming film Hidden Figures.

The film tells the true story of Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory for Project Mercury and later Apollo 11’s 1969 flight to the moon.

In the trailer, introduced exclusively to PEOPLE by Janelle Monáe, Johnson, along with her colleagues Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, work to discover the calculations that helped the first American astronaut make a complete orbit around the Earth.

Henson takes on the role of Johnson while Octavia Spencer and Monáe star as Vaughan and Jackson, respectively.

The clip gives the first look at Henson, Spencer and Monáe as the three legendary women who overcame adversity and discrimination to ultimately change the course of history and win the Space Race for NASA.

Also starring in the film are Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons with Monáe making her big-screen debut.

The film is based on the novel of the same name from author Margot Lee Shetterly with the screenplay co-written by Allison Schroeder and director Theodore Melfi.

Hidden Figures hits theaters Jan. 13.

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