Russia’s space agency has said it will send an actor and a director to the International Space Station in October to make the first feature film in space.
“Filming will take place at the International Space Station. The start of the expedition is scheduled for 5 October 2021 from the Baikonur cosmodrome on the Soyuz MS-19 manned transport spacecraft,” Roscosmos said in a statement.
Actor Yulia Peresild, 36, and director Klim Shipenko, 37, will undergo training including centrifuge tests and flights in zero gravity, starting no later than 1 June.
Their pre-flight training will be documented by one of Russia’s main TV channels, Channel One, which will also be involved in producing the film.
The film’s working title is Challenge and it will be a “space drama”, Roscosmos said, without providing details of the plot or Peresild’s role.
Roscosmos said in September the movie would aim to “popularise Russia’s space activities, as well as glorify cosmonaut profession”.
The film will be co-produced by Dmitry Rogozin, the director general of Roscosmos, with the ambition of making Russia the first country to shoot a film in space.
Last year, the US space agency Nasa confirmed it would team up with the actor Tom Cruise to make a Hollywood movie on the ISS.