Titled “Vyzov” (“The Challenge”), the movie will tell the story of a surgeon who has to operate on a sick cosmonaut in space because his medical condition prevents him from returning to earth to be treated.
Peresild and Shipenko, who are well-known in Russia, were selected after the country’s space agency, Roscosmos, opened a competition for applicants in November.
Peresild has appeared in a number of Russian films and TV series, while Shipenko’s 2020 movie “Serf” was one of Russia’s highest-grossing films.
Actress Yulia Peresild, pictured here in 2019, will undergo rigorous training before starring in the new space movie. Credit: Valery Sharifulin/TASS/Getty Images
Race to space
The as-yet-untitled movie, which has no release date, is being developed in collaboration with Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
The ISS is a multibillion-dollar laboratory that orbits Earth.
It was launched in 1998 and built as a collaboration between the US, Russia and 14 other countries.
Peresild and Shipenko will need to undergo rigorous training before traveling to space to film “The Challenge.”
From next month, along with two understudies, they will begin a preparation regime that will include training flights in zero gravity and parachute training.
They will head to the ISS from the Baikonur cosmodrome spaceport in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft.
The movie, which has no released date yet, is being developed in collaboration with Roscosmos, broadcaster Channel One and studio Yellow, Black and White.