For a long time it seemed that Tom cruise the first actor with a movie actually shot in space. But this is no longer the case.
Russian space agency Roscosmos has announced that Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko are about to start training to shoot a movie on the ISS, the International Space Station. Recordings will start soon.
“The recordings will take place on the International Space Station. The expedition is scheduled for October 5, 2021 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and the Soyuz MS-19 rocket”Roscosmos said in a statement.
Actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko will begin their training no later than June 1. To this end, they perform centrifugation tests and must perform weightless flights.
The training is documented by Channel One, one of the largest Russian TV channels, which is also immediately involved in the production of the film. The working title is Challenge, and it becomes one, according to Roscosmos “space drama” which targets the “Making Russian space activities and cosmonauts’ orbit more popular”.
With that, Roscosmos is putting NASA and actor Tom Cruise at a heel, as he announced last year that he would be shooting a movie on the ISS. Cruise is also reportedly heading to the ISS in October. The question is whether he will be ahead of the Russians. Their launch in early October shows that this little space race is not yet over.