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Russians set to beat Tom Cruise into orbit with first movie filmed in space

The Russians are set to beat Tom Cruise to film a movie in space.

Actress Yulia Peresild launched today, Tuesday October 5, andis already on the International Space Station ready to film her clips.

Tom was set to become the first actor to make a movie in space but his flight for this month was delayed until 2022.

The Hollywood star, 59, is rumoured to be flying to the ISS in a $200 million project backed by tycoon Elon Musk.

But he has been beaten by Peresild, 37, who will be joined by director Klim Shipenko.

They will spend 12 days above Earth filming which will include cosmonauts on the station acting as extras.

Shipenko has described the flick as “an experiment” as there is “nobody to get advice from.”

He added: “There is not a single cameraman who could answer how to work with light from a porthole.

“It will not be on the same level as on Earth, but we will do our best. We are ready for it.

“It is a bit too late to be afraid because we’ve come so far, there is a lot of things (to do) and to be honest, there is just no time left for fear.”

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The movie is about a doctor who travels to the ISS to save the life of a cosmonaut.

Peresild and Shipenko both had months of gruelling training including zero gravity flight tests.

The pair will launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome on the Soyuz MS-19 crew capsule with cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov.

The trio were cleared as medically fit to fly last week including a backup crew of cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, director Alexey Dudin and actor Alena Mordovina.

It takes around three hours and 17 minutes for the spaceship to reach the ISS.

The crew will return to Earth to film the rest of the film.

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