A camera crew visits the International Space Station. A Russian director and actress has just been launched into space towards the International Space Station (ISS) to shoot a movie. This is the first.
Russian actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko will spend the next twelve days on the set of a rather special film. The two just left for the International Space Station to shoot the feature film the challenge† Although hundreds of films have already been made (partially) set in space, this would be the first time those movie scenes have been shot in space.
Peresild and Shipenko are accompanied by experienced cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov. The trio departed Tuesday morning at 10.55 a.m. Belgian time aboard the Soyuz launch vehicle from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They should reach the International Space Station about three hours later.
The project is a collaboration between the Russian space agency Roscosmos, the Russian state channel Channel One Russia and the Russian film studio Yellow, Black and White. They hope the film will show that space is no longer the exclusive playing field for professional astronauts.
The film will tell the story of a surgeon (played by Peresild) who has to operate on a sick astronaut in space because his health does not allow him to return to Earth. After her successful performance, the 37-year-old actress had to train for several months for the task, along with the 38-year-old director. At a press conference, both described the training as very challenging, but a unique opportunity.
It appears that about 35-40 minutes of the film will be filmed on the International Space Station. Therefore, some of the astronauts already in place will have to give their best acting performance. For example, Oleg Novitsky will play a sick cosmonaut. He will accompany Peresild and Shipenko to Earth on October 17.
By the way, similar plans have already been made in Hollywood. Tom Cruise, among others, would like to go to space with SpaceX to record a movie with director Doug Lyman, announced and confirmed by NASA in 2020, but it is still unclear when this journey will begin.