Pharrell Williams on Hidden Figures film: ‘It made sense for everything we stand for’

Pharrell Williams is producing providing music for upcoming biographical film Hidden Figures

In April this year, Pharrell Williams announced he’d joined the team behind Hidden Figures, a biographical film about the African-American women who worked at NASA in the 1950s and 60s.

He’s now opened up about the film in a new interview with Deadline, saying it “made sense for everything we stand for”.

Pharrell, who’s expecting his second child with wife Helen Lasichanh, explains that he first heard about the film through his creative director Mimi Valdes.

“Mimi knew I was going to lose my mind when I heard about Hidden Figures,” he said. “And I was all about it the minute I heard about it.” He explained that he was drawn to the true story of how African-American women, including NASA physicist Katherine Johnson, were instrumental in helping America win the Space Race.

“When you find out some of these intricate parts were played by women, then it becomes a whole other thing,” he said.

In October, he shared two tracks, ‘Runnin’ and ‘Surrender‘, from the movie. As well as working on the soundtrack with Hans Zimmer and film composer Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell is also a producer.

Empire actress Taraji P. Henson stars as Katherine Johnson, and the cast also includes Janelle Monáe, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons. It opens in US cinemas on December 25, before going on wider release on January 6, 2017.