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Which will be the first film to be shot in outer space?

The fierce competition in the film industry is quite evident, but what will blow your mind is the race of which one will be the first film to be shot in outer space? 

Hollywood was supposed to be the first to shoot a feature film in space starring Tom Cruise but Russia has launched a rival bid in the first film in the space league. 

Russia is sending an actor and director to the International Space Station in October, with the ambition of making the first feature film in space. The crew are scheduled to begin their expedition on 5 October 2021. 

However, the exact date of Tom Cruise’s and the director Doug Liman has not been revealed. But the duo is also due to travel there in October to make a movie. Space seems to be the venue of America and Russian’s encounter. 

The departure of the Russians in the first few days of the month suggests an intention to beat the Americans to be ahead in the league of first feature films in space. 

Shortly after Hollywood confirmed the ambitions feature film in space starring Cruise to go into low Earth orbit, backed by Nasa and Elon Musk, news of Russia to be mounting a rival production sprang.

In November 2020, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said that it was searching for “a real superhero to go to the stars … at the same time as becoming a big international star”.

The potential female lead in the film needed to be between 25 and 40 years old and a Russian citizen, to weigh between 50kg and 70kg and have a “chest girth” of up to 112cm.

“Additionally, she must be able to run 1km in three and a half minutes or less, swim 800 metres freestyle in 20 minutes, and dive from a 3-metre springboard with an impressive technique.” The previous acting experience was not required.

On Thursday, Russia’s first movie to be shot in space will star the actor Yulia Peresild, 36, and be directed by Klim Shepenko, 37.

 Both will undergo training including centrifuge tests and flights in zero gravity, starting no later than 1 June. This pre-flight boot camp will be documented by one of Russia’s main TV channels, Channel One, which will also be involved in producing the film.

Peresild’s previous work includes roles in popular Russian TV series and a number of patriotic war films, including 2015’s Battle for Sevastopol, in which she played Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a young Soviet woman who joined the red army and became an accomplished sniper.

Shipenko’s most recent release was Salyut 7, a disaster movie recreating the 1985 Soyuz T-13 mission to dock with and retrieve a space station after contact with it was lost.

Roscosmos said ‘Challenge’ will be a “space drama” that would aim to “popularise Russia’s space activities, as well as glorify the cosmonaut profession”. No further details of the plot or about Peresild’s role have been released.

Roscosmos’s director-general, Dmitry Rogozin, will co-produce the film.

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