Russia Rushes To Shoot A Film In Space Before Tom Cruise In Modern Day Space Race
Tom Cruise has been planning for a while to shoot the first film in outer space. Working with director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, American Made), NASA and SpaceX agreed to take the actor and crew to space to shoot an action film on the Intentional Space Station.
Like any first achievement in space, however, Russia is set to shoot a film in space before Tom Cruise and Doug Liman’s announced film. Nothing like a good, old fashioned, space race.
The Russian space agency, Rocosmos announced that it has already selected its crew to headline the film. The film is titled Challenge. Klim Shepenko will shoot the film, starring Yulia Peresild.
Did you notice that the space agency, not a Russian production company, announced the film? That’s because it is the brain child of Roscomos administrator, Dmitry Rogozin.
The existence of this film isn’t entirely new news. Though I haven’t seen any version of this story before, apparently the film was announced last year. This was not long after Tom Cruise and NASA confirmed their collaboration.
Unlike Tom Cruise’s action film, since it was announced, the Russian film will not be science fiction. Rather, the intent is to shoot a realistic depiction of modern space travel.
The crew of Russia’s film will take up two of three total seats this October. They are beginning to train shortly.
This latest space race comes at a time when Russia and the United States’ relationship is crumbling, even in space. Rogozin recently threated to pull Russia out of the International Space Station.
Of course, this space race isn’t nearly as interesting as a mission to mars. That being said, shooting films in space seems attainable, while sending humans to Mars in the near future sounds like an exaggeration by a crazy billionaire.
Either way, I’m obviously more excited for the Tom Cruise film. Even if it does come second.