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Robert Pearlman
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Roscosmos release (machine translated from Russian)
Become a star: Travel to the stars

The competition has started, the winner of which will receive the main role in the first feature film shot in space. The motion picture with the tentative title "Challenge" ("Вызов") is a joint project of the State Corporation Roscosmos, Channel One and the studio Yellow, Black and White. Filming will take place at the International Space Station in the fall of 2021.

Dmitry Rogozin, General Director of the State Corporation Roscosmos:

"In this project, it is important for us not only to demonstrate the heroism and high professionalism of cosmonauts and industry specialists who ensure the safety of manned space flights, but also to develop the possibility of accelerated preparation for such a flight and the implementation of a mission to the ISS a specialist (engineer, doctor, astrophysicist) in whom a need may suddenly arise on board the station."

"This is a kind of space experiment. The actress selected by a competition and a medical commission will have to perform the functions of an astronaut-researcher and become a full-fledged member of the crew."

Konstantin Ernst, General Director of Channel One:

"If you start questioning our compatriots under 30, then regardless of profession and gender, you will find that most of them have ever wanted, and many still want to go to Earth orbit. I have always dreamed, if not to be in space myself, then to help someone do it. And then one day Dmitry Rogozin rang the bell and the key to this happy opportunity was in the 'at the start' position."

"Roscosmos, fulfilling its professional duties and implementing new space programs, thought it could train two cosmonauts-researchers, one of whom would go into space to shoot a feature film with the working title 'Challenge.' The professional actresses we are looking for, first of all, and the women whose acting skills allow them to compete with professional actresses, there is an opportunity to fulfill your most romantic dream and go to the stars. At the same time becoming a big international star."

Alexey Trotsyuk, General Producer Yellow, Black and White:

"Despite our vast experience in producing big movies, this is the first time we've faced such a challenge. In the shortest possible time, we need to find more than just an actress - we need a real superhero. We are looking for a woman who can play her role on Earth, and then endure the most difficult training, fly into space and there, in a state of weightlessness, also solve the most difficult shooting tasks."

"That is why we, together with Channel One and the Roscosmos State Corporation, are announcing an all-Russian casting. If you feel the strength and talent, and are ready to accept the challenge, this is your chance to become the first!"

How to participate

On the website of the First Channel, a creative task is posted for those wishing to take part in the selection. It is necessary to record the so-called "self-test" (to film the specified monologue) and upload it here. Based on the results of consideration of the submitted works — within a month - the selected candidates will be invited to face-to-face auditions. At the end of the first stage, the selection committee will select up to 30 finalists for further participation in the competition.

Flight Commission and Cosmonaut Training School

The medical expert commission will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the finalists of the competition for compliance with medical and psychological requirements, as well as the requirements for physical fitness, education and professional fitness necessary for participation in space flight and work in space. Candidates who have successfully passed the flight commission will be enrolled in the Cosmonaut School, where they will have to undergo a three-month training course (on a daily basis).

According to the results of the final part of the competition, two winners will be determined — the future leading role and her understudy. All stages of the competition will be covered in detail on the air of Channel One.

General requirements

  • Citizenship - Russian Federation
  • Gender - female
  • Age - 25-45 years old
  • Basic knowledge of English
  • Standing height - 150-180 cm
  • Body weight - 50-75 kg
Movie Info
  • "Challenge" (working title)
  • Genre - space drama
  • Stage Director - Klim Shipenko ("Kholop", "Salyut-7", "Text")
  • Screenplay - Bakur Bakuradze, Klim Shipenko
  • Producers - Dmitry Rogozin, Konstantin Ernst, Sergey Titinkov, Eduard Iloyan, Denis Zhalinsky, Vitaly Shlyappo and Alexey Trotsyuk.

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While I'm glad the commercialization of the ISS is proceeding apace, I can't help but think how many Russian women are technically qualified to be cosmonauts but have not been accepted into the Russian space program as cosmonauts because of their gender. In the 20 year span of the ISS the Russians have had a grand total of one woman aboard the ISS. That is just pathetic.

As an aside, I'm sure that all the astronauts/cosmonauts that spent their lives getting to be an astronaut/cosmonaut, and then spending X years of training before their first flight, are just "thrilled" with the concept that any actress/actor could learn in one year all of the necessary info to function and do work on the ISS.

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Non-mission specific training for the space station is six months to a year for everyone, so in that sense there is no difference. The additional years of training are for piloting the Soyuz or operating equipment aboard the station, which is not applicable in this case.

The lack of women in the cosmonaut corps is an issue for which Roscosmos has no good answer (other than the saying-the-quiet-part-out-loud reply that certain officials don't believe a woman's place is in space). They have also claimed that not enough qualified women have applied for the program, so maybe a project like this could help change that — both directly, through candidates to be in the film, and indirectly, by inspiring young Russian girls to dream of the day they can fly in space.

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There's a lot of superficial mainstream media coverage of this project already.

I hope that this piece, which I've published through my Space Sleuthing Blog will appeal to the more discerning audience here.

There's also a small update on the commercial Soyuz mission, which Space Adventures are planning for December 2021.

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In another unexpected development, the provisional schedule for Russian flights to the ISS, in 2021, now includes a second 'tourist' on Soyuz MS-19.

Although not explicitly stated, this will most likely be someone connected to the movie project, another actor, camera operator, or director.

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Roscosmos has announced that 20 finalists have been selected out of about the 3,000 applications received.
Among the 20 women chosen by the creative team, there are both famous actresses and representatives of other professions (pilot, psychologist, research assistant, etc.). At the next stage of the selection of the finalists, a medical examination awaits, which will begin in March 2021 and will determine which of the women fully meet the criteria necessary for a flight into space.

“We were surprised at how high the interest in this project was among Russian women," said Dmitry Rogozin, General Director of the Roscosmos State Corporation. "Channel One selects participants for an educational, artistic project, and we will consider candidates directly for the cosmonaut corps. All submitted questionnaires will be forwarded to the Roscosmos State Corporation, on the basis of which we will carry out an additional selection. The opportunity to become an astronaut on a professional level is no less unique than filming a movie. And it would not hurt us to decorate the detachment with our wonderful women."

Konstantin Ernst, General Director of Channel One: "The two actresses who will be selected for this project will generally have to devote a year to it. This is a story about how a young woman, who had absolutely no plans to go into space, in a month — due to circumstances — had to be in orbit. Filming is scheduled to start in October 2021."

Eduard Iloyan, General Producer of Yellow, Black and White: "This is a unique film project for the industry. Usually, space scenes are filmed in pavilions, and here the actress will receive not just a role, but an exceptional life experience of being in space. For us, this is also a completely new process of organizing filming in a confined space on the ISS, where all the nuances must be foreseen. An interesting challenge that inspired the entire production team. We are looking forward to the start."

Together with the actress, the director of the film will go to the International Space Station.

Klim Shipenko: "Without directors, films cannot be shot under water, on Earth, or in Antarctica. Not in space as well. Therefore, apart from desire, I also have a need to be there. This project is a very necessary experiment for cinematography, which will give an idea of what it is like to shoot a space film not on Earth, but honestly in space."

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Although no official list of actress-candidates for the 'Movie in Space' project has been announced, media coverage, interviews and social media have made it possible to compile a list of candidates.

There is also commentary on the project, in general, the timeline, and how it impacts ISS crewing, over the next year.

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The search for a woman to star in a movie filmed on the ISS is down to four candidates.
The name of the actress who will be sent to the International Space Station, on the next Soyuz spaceflight will be revealed on 15th May, according to the Head of Roscosmos. This unusual spaceflight will be connected to the filming of the movie «Вызов», (The Challenge).

Speaking at a Press Briefing at the Progress Rocket Factory, in Samara, on 23rd April Dmitri Rogozin revealed that the Director of the movie Klim Shipenko had completed his medical checks and had been confirmed fit to fly to the ISS. The next step will be for Shipenko and his casting team to select the actress who will accompany him, and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov onboard Soyuz MS-19.

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Roscosmos release
The 'Challenge' movie: medical review results

On May 13, 2021, the State Commission completed the candidate selection for participating in the spaceflight to film the motion picture tentatively called "Challenge."

As a result of medical and creative selection, the State Commission recommended to nominate Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko as the prime crew and Alyona Mordovina and Alexey Dudin as the backup crew. The filming will take place at the International Space Station. The expedition is planned to launch on October 5, 2021 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft.

  • Yulia Peresild is 36 years old, graduated from the directing department of GITIS, actress of the Theater of Nations, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation. Filmography: "The Edge," "Battle for Sevastopol," "Ugryum-River," "Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes" and others, received two Golden Eagle awards.
  • Klim Shipenko is 37 years old, graduated from California University, acting studio, actor, stage director, and playwright. Filmography: "Salyut-7," "Text," "Serf," etc.

  • Alena Mordovina is 33 years old, graduated from the acting department of GITIS, actress of the New Drama Theater. Filmography and TV series: "Zhuki," "Diplomat," "Trigger," "The Closer," "Call DiCaprio!" and others.
  • Alexey Dudin is 40 years old, graduated from the Moscow Automechanical Institute, worked on TV, director of photography, cinematography in films and series "The Other Side of the Moon," "The Spacewalker," "Yolki-5," "Going Vertical," "T-34" and others.
A special focus was put Galina Kairova's participation in the project, who was invited to continue the selection process to the cosmonaut corps on a professional basis.
  • Galina Kairova is 26 years old, graduated from Krasnokutsk Flight School of Civil Aviation, State University of Management, pilot.

All selected candidates will begin special training for space flight participants no later than June 1. Among other things, they will have to take centrifuge tests, vibration stand tests, perform introductory and training flights on a zero-gravity plane, undergo parachute training. All this will be covered by Channel One.

The feature film "Challenge" is a part of a large-scale scientific and educational project, which also includes a series of documentaries to be shot about the rocket and space industry enterprises and specialists involved in the manufacturing of launch vehicles, spacecraft, and ground space infrastructure. The project will become a clear example of the fact that spaceflights are gradually becoming available not only for professionals, but also for an increasingly wider range of those interested. In addition to educational tasks, a number of new technical and technological problems will be solved.

As part of the "Challenge" project, an open competition was announced at the end of 2020 to select the lead in the first feature film in space. At the creative stage of selection, preference was given to professional actresses however everyone could try their hand. In March 2021, 20 finalists of the competition were selected to pass the medical review.

The "Challenge" is a joint project of Roscosmos, Channel One and the Yellow, Black and White studio.

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Here is one photo with all candidates together from many photos published today by Roscosmos:

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New information has emerged about "The Challenge," Tony Quine reports for SpaceNews:
During a recent funding pitch to the Russian Federal Fund for Social and Economic Support of Domestic Cinematography, executive producer Konstantin Ernst of the TV station First Channel and director Klim Shipenko, who plans to travel to the ISS, shared fresh details about the script and production logistics involved.

Shipenko revealed the script is still being fine-tuned, but the plot involves a cosmonaut who suffers a cardiac arrest during a spacewalk and, although he survives, he will require surgery to ensure he can handle the Soyuz return to Earth. A female cardiac surgeon, named Zhenya, has to be sent to the ISS to perform the procedure with only a few weeks to prepare for the trip.

Shipenko explained that he that he plans to shoot 35 to 40 minutes of screen time onboard the ISS during a 12-day stay, and he will have combine numerous roles, including director, camera operator and makeup artist.

...[executive producer Konstantin] Ernst revealed further members of the cast including Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov, who have been in space since April. It was, perhaps, inevitable that they would be involved in some way, as Shipenko will clearly only be able to work with people who are on the ISS with him and the actress. It is not clear if NASA, ESA or JAXA astronauts who will be on the ISS when filming takes place will be invited to participate.

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Given the plot, it would be interesting to see if there is a Russian EVA that takes place while they are there. Maybe that becomes part of the film.

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At a news conference in Moscow before departing for the launch, Yulia Peresild, Klim Shipenko and their backups spoke enthusiastically about filming "The Challenge" in space, reports The New York Times.
They said they hoped to portray weightlessness as never before in fiction and, through the skills of a professional actress, the emotions of floating freely and seeing Earth from the heavens.

"For the first two seconds it's scary," said Yulia Peresild, who is on track to become the first actor in space, of her training on an airplane flight that briefly created a microgravity environment. "After that, it's beautiful."

Mr. Shipenko said his aim was to bring to life the experience of space through the eyes of an ordinary person, the doctor character played by Ms. Peresild. "We want every person to be a little like our hero," he said, experiencing through her performance the feeling of space travel. Three cosmonauts will play bit parts.

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Roscosmos video (English language)
On October 27, the Vyzov ("The Challenge") project was presented at the "Russia: Space" international conference at EXPO 2020. This is the first fiction film which was shot outside our planet.

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