Pharrell Williams has contributed two new tunes to Hidden Figures, the forthcoming biopic about NASA scientist Katherine Johnson.
Cementing his status as the go-to songwriter for Oscar-worthy original songs, Pharrell supplies an appropriately retro vibe on both “Runnin’” and the Lalah Hathaway duet “Surrender.”
Hidden Figures takes place during the ’50s and ’60s, when Johnson and her colleagues Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson smashed a few ceilings to become black female rocket scientists. Their hard-earned math skills ultimately helped get John Glenn into orbit and Neil Armstrong to the moon.
“They want the moon, I’m on Mars,” Pharrell sings on the jazzy “Runnin’.” “Together we’ll fly / No more running.”
Hidden Figures comes out December 25.