As an actress, Ms Peresild has starred in some 70 screen roles, and Russian film publications have ranked her among the top 10 best actresses under 35. She is perhaps best known to Russian moviegoers for ‘The Battle for Sevastopol’ (2015), in which she played the role of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the Red Army’s deadliest sniper during WWII. .
But her prominence alone would not have been enough to secure her a seat in orbit: she was chosen for the flight from among some 3,000 competitors in a two-step selection process that involved both testing creativity and a rigorous medical and physical examination.
What movie are they making on the space station?
The film’s working title is “The Challenge,” and it’s about a surgeon, played by Mrs. Peresild, who embarks on an emergency mission to the space station to save the life of a sick cosmonaut. Few other details about the plot or the filming on board the station were announced, although NASA said on Tuesday that Mr. Novitsky, one of the Russian astronauts currently on board the station, will play the role of sick cosmonaut.
The crew, using hand-held cameras both aboard the capsule and in the space station, began filming scenes for the film as the spacecraft approached the outpost, said Rob Navias, a NASA spokesperson, during the live broadcast.
Why are they making a movie in orbit?
For “The Challenge”, cinematic storytelling can take a back seat to the symbolism of filming a movie in space. The production is a joint project involving the Russian space agency Roscosmos; Channel One; and Yellow, Black and White, a Russian film studio.
Like many private space missions these days, Channel One and Roscosmos are hoping the film can prove to audiences that space isn’t just for government astronauts. One of the main goals of the production is to show that “spaceflight is gradually becoming available not only to professionals, but also to an ever wider range of interested people,” Channel One said on its website.
Mr. Rogozin, the head of the Russian space agency, said he hoped the mission would be “a really serious work of art and a whole new development in the promotion of space technologies”, in order to attract young people. talents in the Russian space program.