Yulia Peresild a 36 year old Russian actress has been selected to star in the first movie to be filmed on the International Space Station (ISS). This was announced on Thursday by the Star space agency Roscosmos.
An open competition for participation in this feature film in space titled “Challenge” was launched in November 2020 by the Russian space agency and the national channel One broadcaster. 20 finalists were shortlisted and were subjected to passing a medical review.
In a statement, the agency said that as a result of medical and creative selection, the State Commission recommended nominating Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko as the prime crew and Alyona Mordovina and Alexey Dudin as the backup crew. And that filming will take place at the International Space Station.
The expedition is scheduled to launch on October 5 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in southern Kazakhstan, when the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft will fly the crew to the ISS.
Starting June 1, all the candidates will undergo special training, including “centrifuge tests, vibration stand tests & flights on a zero-gravity plane,” as well as parachute training. And all this training will be covered by Channel one.
Konstantin Ernst, the General Director of Channel One said that they are proud that Roscosmos invited them to do this, and they will not let their colleagues down.
Roscosmos also added that Russian pilot Galina Kairova, 26, who also applied for the role in a film but was not selected, “was invited to continue the selection process for the cosmonaut corps on a professional basis.”
The plot of the film is to revolve around a young female surgeon flying to the ISS, who will have to perform an operation on a sick cosmonaut whose medical condition does not allow him to return to Earth.
The movie is a part of a massive educational and scientific project, which also aims to film some documentaries about specialists manufacturing rockets and other space vehicles, as well as rocket and space industries companies, according to Roscosmos.