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Russia to beat Tom Cruise in space movie bid

By T.K. Randall
October 11, 2021 · Comment icon 8 comments

Yulia Peresild arriving aboard the space station. Image Credit: Roscosmos
A Russian film crew has arrived at the space station with the intention of shooting the first ever movie in space.
Back in May of last year, NASA confirmed that it would be working alongside veteran Hollywood actor Tom Cruise on a new movie that would be at least partially filmed aboard the International Space Station - making it the first movie ever to feature footage filmed in outer space.

Not content with missing out however, Russia later revealed that it was seeking a leading actress to venture into space as part of a rival plan to beat the US to the punch.

With the arrival of a Russian film crew aboard the station this week, therefore, it looks as though Cruise's defeat in this latest twist in the Space Race is all but inevitable.

Among the new crew members is Russian actress Yulia Peresild, who will be playing the role of a cardiac surgeon who has been sent into space to save a cosmonaut.
Two other Russian crew members - Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov - will also appear in the film.

The team will have only 12 days to shoot all the space scenes for the movie.

Not everyone however approves of the idea of using the ISS for this purpose.

"The ISS is no place for performers, all sorts of clowns or tourists," said Mikhail Kornienko - one of several cosmonauts to have vocally criticized the stunt.

"It's a huge space lab and you shouldn't get in the way of professional work."

Source: BBC News | Comments (8)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
Tom Cruise officially going to space in 2021 for new film† †
Comment icon #2 Posted by Still Waters 2 years ago
Russian crew docks at ISS to film first movie in space (Update) A Russian actress and director on Tuesday arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) in a bid to best the United States and film the first movie in orbit. The Russian crew is set to beat a Hollywood project that was announced last year by "Mission Impossible" star Tom Cruise together with NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX. Actress Yulia Peresild, 37, and film director Klim Shipenko, 38, took off from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in ex-Soviet Kazakhstan as scheduled. But they belatedly docked at the ISS at 1222 GMT after v... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by HSlim 2 years ago
Couldn't we have just left this at
Comment icon #4 Posted by mesuma 2 years ago
Russia to beat Tom Cruise?† †
Comment icon #5 Posted by HSlim 2 years ago
To tell you the truth, no idea what I was going for there.† It was a long day.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Still Waters 2 years ago
Russian actress, director and cosmonaut return to Earth after 12 days on International Space Station making a movie An actress and film director have returned to Earth after spending nearly two weeks in space making a movie on the International Space Station. Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko emerged from the Russian capsule smiling after it landed on the Kazakhstan steppe along with cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky inside. Two of the group had rocketed into orbit on 5 October for a 12-day stint to film segments of a movie called The Challenge, which the Russian space agency Roscosmos said would help at... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jon the frog 2 years ago
Acces to space is becoming easier and in a couple of years, privates companies will have charter flights to bring peoples out there. SpaceX are clearly took the lead for that.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Still Waters 5 months ago
†Russia premieres first feature film shot in space The first feature film shot in space premiered in Russian cinemas on Thursday, as Moscow exulted in beating a rival Hollywood project amid a confrontation with the west. The Challenge is about a surgeon dispatched to the International†Space†Station (ISS) to save an injured cosmonaut. Russia sent an actor and a film director for a 12-day stint on the ISS in October 2021 to film scenes aboard the orbiting laboratory. The Russian crew beat a Hollywood project announced in 2020 by Tom Cruise together with Nasa and Elon Muskís SpaceX. According to ... [More]

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