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Russia to beat Tom Cruise in space movie bid

October 11, 2021 | Comment icon 5 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 (5)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by jethrofloyd 13 days ago
Tom Cruise officially going to space in 2021 for new film
Comment icon #2 Posted by Still Waters 12 days 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 5 days ago
Couldn't we have just left this at
Comment icon #4 Posted by mesuma 3 days ago
Russia to beat Tom Cruise?
Comment icon #5 Posted by HSlim 3 days ago
To tell you the truth, no idea what I was going for there. It was a long day.

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