Russia just sent its veteran astronaut Anton Shkaplerov, actor Yulia Peresild, and movie producer Klim Shipenko to the International Space Station to make an original feature film. It’s tentatively titled Challenge and it will be the world’s first-ever movie filmed in orbit.
The plot revolves around a surgeon, played by Peresild, who hurries to the space station to save a crew member who was struck by debris and is in need of an urgent operation mid-orbit. After shooting the necessary footage in space, Shipenko will complete the movie on Earth where he will film any additional scenes that are needed.
The only downside to all of this is that Tom Cruise is now technically in second place when it comes to the modern-day space race.
Last year, he revealed he was working with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX program to star in a $200 million dollar film that will be partially shot on the International Space Station.