Steve Granitz/WireImagePharrell Williams‘ latest project, Hidden Figures, which he co-produced, is set arrive in theaters everywhere this Friday.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, the superstar explains that the film’s true story, of three African-American women who helped John Glenn become the first American to orbit the earth in 1962, was one he desperately needed to share.
“There needs to be a narrative that is shared by both men and women. The female contribution can be hid no more,” he tells the paper.
The film also satiated his longstanding curiosity about astronomy and the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virigina, which was not far from Virginia Beach, where he grew up.
“The idea that there’s something beyond this planet that goes on forever, in any direction? Come on. Or the idea that our sun is just another star, and that all those stars have exoplanets around them. Right now. That was mind-blowing for me as a child,” Pharrell adds.
The recording artist, who is also responsible for helming the movie’s soundtrack, worked alongside composers Benjamin Wallfisch and the legendary Hans Zimmer.
Regarding Pharrell’s “simple pop structures” meets modern day “unmistakable instrumentation and production values” heard throughout the soundtrack, Williams notes that he was divinely prepared for the musical task at hand before signing up to work on it.
“This was the universe warming up my mind and my faculties, to prepare myself to be able to write songs that spoke for it,” he recalls. “It’s crazy — the universe just took my by the hand and walked me.”
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