Russia sends actress and director into space to film first movie in orbit

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They’ll beat Tom Cruise to shoot the first film in space

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Russia has sent an actress and director into space to make the world’s first film in orbit.

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Russian actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko with veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov rocketed to the International Space Station in a Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft.

The spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9:55 a.m. BST (October 5) on Tuesday, arriving at the station about three-and-a-half hours later.


The pair will be filming scenes for a new film tentatively titled the challenge, where Peresild will take on the role of a surgeon who is sent to the space station to rescue a crew member who needs an urgent operation.

Russian astronauts aboard the ISS will also be featured in the final film, which will be produced with the help of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. Peresild and Shipenko will spend 12 days on the space station filming.

It will be the first film shot in orbit, as the Russians aim to claim another space-oriented victory over the Americans at NASA.

Speaking at the pre-flight conference, Peresild said: “It will not be on the same level as Earth, but we will do our best. We are ready for it.

“It’s been a while to be afraid because we’ve come so far, Baikonur is ahead and so many things [to do] And to be honest, there is no time left for fear.”


It comes after Tom Cruise and Elon Musk planned to shoot a film in orbit, in coordination with NASA, directed by yesterday’s edge Doug Liman.

Cruise’s voyage to space was scheduled for October 2021 in September last year, although there have been some updates on the project since then.

The last time Cruz spoke was in September 2021 (as confirmed Twitter) with the crew members on SpaceX’s Inspire 4 after a successful three-day orbital mission to learn about their experience.

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