Russian Crew to Film First Movie in Space


| LAST UPDATE 10/10/2021

By Sharon Renee
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Cinematography is about to look very different. For the first time ever, a Russian film crew will produce and film a movie in Space. From the famous cast to the future production, here's what to know about the history-making endeavor.

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On Tuesday, October 5, Russian rocket Soyuz launched actress Yulia Peresild, director Klim Shipenko, and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov from a site in Kazahkstan. Their destination? The International Space Station. Sure enough, after about 3 hours, the trio touched down at the globally renowned site, where they will remain for 12 days. Only their mission is quite different than astronauts before them…

As Russian officials proudly announced, the space crew will be filming scenes for an upcoming movie - making it the first production ever to do so. While special effects have previously helped bring Space to the big screen, never before has a feature film been shot and directed beyond Earth's atmosphere. "Space deserves being shown in a more professional, artful way," Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, explained.

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As for what to expect from the upcoming production? Titled The Challenge, the future film will share the story of a medical professional who races to the space station after an astronaut faces a life-threatening heart problem. "We describe some real emergencies that may happen out there," Rogozin elaborated. But while news of the production might come as a surprise to many, it's been a long time in the making.

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As a matter of fact, the entire film crew has been preparing for the history-making flight for the past four months. And while training for the trip has proven to be quite the challenge, Yulia Peresild is more hopeful than ever. "All that will seem not so difficult, and we will remember it with a smile," Peresild vowed of successfully reaching their goals.

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"I still feel that it's all just a dream, and I am asleep," the actress gushed. "It is almost impossible to believe that this all came to reality."

Stay tuned for further details of the ISS flight.