ISS to shoot first film in space

The film will be a “space drama,” according to the Roscosmos space agency. Actress Yulia Peresild and the director will undergo special training, which includes tests in a centrifuge and zero-gravity flights.

The Russian space agency Roscosmos announced this Thursday (05/13/2021) that it will send actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko to the International Space Station (ISS) to shoot the first fiction film shot in space there.

“The departure of the expedition is scheduled for October 5, 2021 from the Baikonur cosmodrome, aboard the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft,” Roscosmos said in a statement, although he did not give details about the history of the film and the role that Peresild will have.

The film, directed by Shipenko (author of Kholop, Salyut-7 and Text), already has the working title of The Challenge and will be a “space drama,” according to the agency.

Peresild, 36, and Shipenko, 37, will undergo special training, including tests in a centrifuge and zero-gravity flights, starting June 1 at the latest.

The film “is part of a large-scale scientific and educational project, which also includes a series of documentaries on companies in the space and rocket industry,” Roscosmos details on its website.

It will also include “specialists involved in the manufacture of launch vehicles, spacecraft and ground space infrastructure.”

The project is co-produced by Dmitri Rogozin, the director of Roscosmos.

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