Russian Film Crew Heads to ISS to Shoot First Movie in Space

Move over, Tom Cruise: A Russian film crew left Earth’s atmosphere today to shoot the first-ever motion picture in space.

Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, actress Yulia Peresild, and director Klim Shipenko took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan just before 5 a.m. ET. They are expected to dock with the International Space Station’s Rassvet module around 8:12 a.m. ET.

Joined by a backup crew—including cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, actress Alena Mordovina, and cameraman Alexey Dudin—the team will film some 35 to 40 minutes of footage for their space drama about a doctor who flies into orbit to rescue a cosmonaut. The movie—under the working title Vyzov (Challenge)—is a joint project by Roscosmos, Channel One Russia, and the Yellow, Black and White studio.

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