Sputnik KIRILL KALLINIKOV
Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov confirmed that director Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild will spend 12 days on the International Space Station during the filming of the movie “The Challenge.”
The astronaut indicated during a press conference, on Thursday, that out of the 12 days at the International Space Station, 10 days will be devoted to filming the film.
Shkaplerov, who will be the commander of the “Soyuz” spacecraft, which will take the film team to the space station, added that the number of missions that he himself will carry out will increase, as he will be with him for the first time two people who are not considered professional astronauts.
Shkaplerov said that Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Peter Dubrov, who are currently aboard the International Space Station, are making the necessary preparations for filming the film at the station, including cleaning and removing what might hinder filming.
In turn, photographer Alexei Dudin mentioned that special equipment was designed to shoot the film on the space station to set up the camera and equipment for the actors.
Actress Yulia Peresild will play the doctor who saves the life of an astronaut aboard the International Station. While at the station, the actress will have to do a lot of things that the assistant crew usually do, such as applying makeup, preparing clothes, and so on.
Director Klim Shipenko stated that he and Peresild had tried the food eaten by astronauts on the station. He will also perform multiple tasks, such as photography, lighting, and others, in addition to the director’s tasks.
The shooting of the first film in space was announced in November 2020. This film is a joint project of the Russian state space corporation “Roskosmos”, the First Channel of Russian Television and the production studio “Yellow, Black and White”.
The Soyuz MS19 spacecraft, with film crew on board, is scheduled to depart on October 5.