A Russian actor and director has boldly gone where no film crew has gone before: into space to make a feature film. Sorry, Tom Cruise.
Actor Yulia Peresild, director Klim Shipenko and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov flew into space on Tuesday aboard the Soyuz MS-19, taking off from Kazakhstan, The Associated Press reports. They will shoot scenes for a movie called Challenge, which would become the first feature film ever to be shot in orbit. Peresild will play the role of a surgeon who must save a cosmonaut at the space station.
The Russian film crew took off early Tuesday and arrived at the International Space Station about three hours later, according to The New York Times. They will be in orbit for 12 days to shoot scenes before returning to Earth. The The Kremlin said missions like these that “advertise our accomplishments and space exploration” are “great for the country”, while NASA has stated that this “Mark the expansion of commercial space opportunities to include the making of feature films.”
With this mission, Russia also beat Tom Cruise in the fist, since the actor had also been plot your own film shot in space. Last year, NASA revealed the historic partnership with Cruise and SpaceX to shoot a film directed by Doug Liman aboard the International Space Station, and it was reportedly budgeted at around $ 200 million. Variety reported. Jim Bridenstine, then NASA administrator noted, “We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality.”
At the time, this production was to go down in history as the first feature film shot in space, only for Russia. reveal later his own plans to do so. It has not been revealed when Cruise will take off for his no longer historic mission, but if he wants advice on the rocket in space from a fellow actor, he can always check in with William Shatner next week. .