Russian actress Yulia Peresild arrived at the International Space Station after a three-hour flight from Earth, beating Tom Cruise to be the first actor to shoot a movie in space, and director Klim Shipenko joined her on the station, after both underwent months of training, including auditions. Flying on centrifuges and zero gravity.
According to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, this was the first time that a Soyuz rocket was launched to the International Station to include Russian citizens only, and the first without a NASA astronaut since September 2015.
The Russian director and actress will each spend 12 days in space, filming the film, which will also include the Russian Agency’s astronauts at the station.
The film tells the story of a doctor who has never been in the space program before, but travels to the International Space Station to save the life of an astronaut.
Speaking before the launch, Peresild said: “It’s a bit too late to be afraid because we’ve come a long way and to be honest, there’s no time left to be afraid.”
Director Klim Shipenko, who will also star in the film during his two-week stay and work on the orbital platform, described the film as an “experiment”, adding that “there is no one to get advice from on filming.”
“No single photographer can answer how to work with the emitted light,” he said of the problems of photographing in such an unusual environment.
The film is tentatively titled “The Challenge,” a co-production between Roscosos and Russia’s Channel One, which is also producing a documentary on crew training and preparations for launch.
Commander Anton Shkaplerov, who will remain at the station until spring 2022, will play an astronaut who helps Yulia Peresild’s character, an adventurous doctor, rescue an astronaut in need.
Cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Peter Dubrov, who are already on the space station, will assist in the “rescue” operation and will appear in the film.
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