- Actress Yulia Peresild to star in first film to be shot on space station
- He will be joined by Klim Shipenko, who will also direct and star in the film.
- The pair will be supported by Russian astronauts working on the space station.
- He will do the camerawork, act, direct the film himself
- It’s called The Challenge and tells the story of a doctor who has to travel to the International Space Station to rescue an astronaut in trouble.
Russian actress Yulia Peresild will launch to the International Space Station tomorrow, overtaking Tom Cruise to become the first actor to film in space, after her flight, originally scheduled for this month, has been pushed back to 2022 Was.
The 37-year-old will be joined by director Klim Shipenko, after months of training for both, including centrifuges and zero gravity flight tests.
The pair will launch with astronaut Anton Shkaplerov at 09:55 BST (04:55 ET) on a Soyuz MS-19 crew capsule from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
All three were cleared to be medically fit to fly last week, as were the backup crew of cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, director Alexei Dudin and actor Elena Mordovina.
Shipenko and Peresild will spend 12 days in space, filming the film which will also include Roscosmos cosmonauts on the station as extras.
Tom Cruise is rumored to fly to the ISS in 2022, as part of a $200 million project backed by Elon Musk-owned SpaceX and NASA.
Russian actress Yulia Peresild will launch to the International Space Station tomorrow, surpassing Tom Cruise to become the first actress to film in space
Tom Cruise is rumored to fly to the ISS in 2022, as part of a $200 million project backed by Elon Musk-owned SpaceX and NASA
Actress Yulia Peresild, left, director Klim Shipenko right, and astronaut Anton Shkaplerov (center) are members of the main crew of the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft
Challenge: Shooting the first film in space
The film is being produced by the space agency Roscosmos, Channel One and film studio Yellow, Black and White.
It’s called Challenge, and the space-based segment will star actress Yulia Peresild in the lead.
She will appear with Klim Shipenko, who will also direct the film.
Serving cosmonauts, Anton Shkaplerov, Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov will also appear in the film.
It is not yet clear when the film will be released or whether the Prithvi-based segments have been filmed.
The film centers on a doctor played by Peresild, who has never been involved in the space program or has any interest in space travel.
That is until he is called upon to travel to the International Space Station to save the life of an astronaut.
There is a suggestion that the astronaut he has to save is also a friend.
Astronauts Anton Shkaplerov, Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov will also assist in the ‘rescue’ mission.
The film tells the story of a doctor who has never been involved in the space program before, but travels to the ISS to save the life of an astronaut.
Director Klim Shipenko, who will star in the film and work on the orbital platform during its fortnight, previously described the film as ‘an experiment’, adding that ‘no one is going to take advice.’
“There isn’t a single cameraman who can answer how to work with lights from a porthole,” he said of the issues filming in such an unusual environment.
It is tentatively titled Challenge, and is a joint production between Roscosmos and Russia’s Channel One – which is also producing a documentary on crew training and launch preparation.
Commander Anton Shkaplerov, who will remain at the station until the spring of 2022, will take on the role of an astronaut who helps the character of Yulia Peresild, playing the courageous doctor, rescue the cosmonaut who needs help.
“I won’t star in it, but I’ll still need to figure out how to make a movie in such an unusual place as outer space,” Shkaplerov said.
The Challenge is co-produced by Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s space agency, with active participation from Russian astronauts on the station.
Astronauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov, who are already aboard the space station, will assist in the ‘rescue’ mission and appear in the film.
Shipenko and Peresild will have to manage everything on their own during filming on the ISS, including camera work, lighting, make-up and production efforts.
Shipenko said of the effort: ‘Some things will work and some things will not’.
Peresild and crew travel to the ISS six decades after Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit Earth
Actress Yulia Peresild, left, director Klim Shipenko’ right, will spend 12 days filming on the station, but cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (center) will stay for six months
The actress (late) and director (right) will launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome on a Soyuz MS-19 crew capsule at 09:55 BST (04:55 ET) with cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (center).
‘It won’t be on the same level as Earth, but we’ll do our best. We are ready for it,’ Peresild said.
‘It’s been a while to be scared because we’ve come this far, Baikonur is ahead and lots of things (to do) and frankly there’s no time left for fear.’
They will reach orbit at 09:55 BST (04:55 ET) tomorrow morning, nine minutes after launch, and approach the ISS in a double-loop pattern.
The spacecraft would take approximately three hours and 17 minutes to reach the ISS, and 12 days later Shipenko and Peresild would return to Earth to film the rest of the film.
They will launch on a Soyuz-2.1A rocket pre-installed at the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome for the Soyuz MS-19 mission.
They are launching as part of ISS Expedition 66, in which the main crew member, actress Yulia Peresild, plays a doctor in a new film called Challenge.
Crew member and film director Klim Shipenko will act…