Russian actors to shoot movie in space later this year
Russia’s space agency has chosen two actors to film a movie on the International Space Station later this year.
Roscosmos says the actors, Yulia Peresild (36) and Klim Shipenko (37), will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Khazakstan in a Soyuz spacecraft on 5th October.
Roscosmos hopes this will be the first movie shot in space. It is provisionally titled ‘Challenge.’
But there’s a chance the agency will be beaten by Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, who also plans to shoot a movie on the ISS in October.
Dates for Cruise’s mission have not yet been announced.
But Nasa and Elon Musk’s company SpaceX have reportedly partnered for the $200 million (£140m) project, which will be directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow).
Roscosmos launched an open casting call for the movie’s female lead back in November, inviting members of the public to submit audition tapes online.
Applicants were expected to display ‘medical and psychological requirements, as well as physical fitness, education and professional fitness.’
The successful candidate and an an understudy would then undergo a rigorous three-month training programme.
The agency, however, has gone with an established Russian actor in Peresild. She has starred in Russian movies including ‘The Edge’ and ‘Battle for Sevastopol’.
She has also won two Golden Eagle awards, which are the Russian equivalent of the Oscars.
Shipenko, who previously made a movie about attempts to recover a Russian space station, will direct the new film.