Russian actress and cameraman on the way to ISS space station

From Baikonur base in Kazakhstan, a Russian actress and cameraman left for the International Space Station ISS. Theyre going to shoot a movie there, at 430 kilometers high. Its the first time parts of a feature film have been shot outside the Earth.

Actress Joelia Peresild (37) has the lead role in the new film Vizov (The Challenge). In the film, a spaceman becomes unwell. He cant go back to Earth. Thats why a surgeon, played by Peresild, goes into space to operate and save his life. The last half hour of the film takes place in the space station.

The rocket launched this morning:

The actress and cameraman get help from the Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, who has already taken a space trip three times before. The space station already has three Americans, two Russians, a Japanese and a Frenchman.

Tom Cruise wants too

Around 2.15 pm Dutch time Peresild and cameraman Klim Sjipenko arrive at the space station. The pairing takes about two hours and then they can go in. The actress and cameraman will stay there for almost two weeks.

With the filming at the International Space Station, Russia defeats the United States. Actor Tom Cruise also wants to shoot a film at the ISS soon. Space company SpaceX by Tesla founder Elon Musk is involved.

Dennis Kleyn, who collaborated with his visual effects studio Planet X in the Hell of 63 and Banker of the Resistance, is thrilled that filmmakers experiment in space. โ€œWe always tell them to film everything they can in real life. But then it wont be real. So if you can really go to space, you should definitely do that,โ€ he says in radio show News and Co.

If the Russians want to get the most out of it, theyre going to run scenes that are very difficult on Earth, he advises. โ€œIn theory, they can let the actress go from one side of the ISS all the way to the other in one shot. With an occasional look out. Thats quite complex if you want to fake that in a studio.โ€

He cant wait to see the result later. โ€œEverything you film in the ISS, of course, looks fantastic.โ€