Skip to comments.Michelle Williams To Play Astronaut Christa McAuliffe In ‘The Challenger’ Movie
Posted on 10/03/2018 7:59:53 AM PDT by EdnaMode
Michelle Williams is set to star as Christa McAuliffe in The Challenger, a feature film about the 1986 space shuttle tragedy being produced by John and Art Linson and Argent Pictures Ben Renzo. Land of Mine director Martin Zandvliet will direct the biopic of sorts that is penned by Jayson Rothwell. A May 2019 production start is being eyed.
The Challenger will follow the true story of McAuliffe, a New Hampshire high school teacher who was selected to join NASAs Teacher in Space Project. She eventually became part of the astronaut crew on the Space Shuttle Challenger, which launched from Cape Canaveral on January 28, 1986. The shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff, on live TV, killing all seven aboard.
McAuliffes memory and mission left a lasting impression and legacy on her family, community and teachers worldwide (as the first teacher in space, McAuliffe was to have conducted classes during the mission). Many schools have been named in her honor, and she posthumously received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
We are more than humbled and extremely grateful for the opportunity to help tell the story of Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger mission, Renzo said. Christa McAuliffes legacy deserves the strength, courage, experience and humanity that Michelle Williams brings to the role. The entire Argent team is honored and eager to responsibly capture and share the events and personal journeys of those surrounding this important historical moment with audiences around the world to help remember and further appreciate the sacrifices Christa and rest of the Challenger crew made to further our journey into space.
Argent partners Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens, Drew Brees, Tony Parker, Michael Finley and Derrick Brooks are executive producing.
Williams, a four-time Oscar nominee including most recently as Supporting Actress for 2017s Manchester By the Sea, is next up on the big screen in Sonys Venom opposite Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed. It opens wide Friday.
She also just wrapped production on Bart Freundlichs After the Wedding with Julianne Moore, and now has now started work on FXs eight-episode limited series starring Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse and Williams as Gwen Verdon. That project hails from Hamiltons Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail, Dear Evan Hansens Steven Levenson, Fox 21 TV Studios and FX Productions.
Williams is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment and Bloom, Hergott.
Proof Hollywood has no talent left.
Like ‘The First Man’ was?...........
Doesn't even resemble her...............
John Wayne didnt resemble Genghis Khan, but that didnt stop the casting director!
I’m not interested.
“John Wayne didnt resemble Genghis Khan, but that didnt stop the casting director!”
I knew John Wayne. John Wayne was a friend of mine. And believe me, SoCal Pubbie, she is no John Wayne!
I’m surprised they didn’t cast a woman of color...
Bonnie Bedelia, the wife in Die Hard. She is a ringer!
I am sure it will be, but man, it’s not the kind of movie you’re going to watch over and over again....
No but if Michelle Williams gets blown up it’s going to be a real tragedy.
On a side note there was a joke that came out a month after the explosion. What color was Christa’s eyes when the Challenger exploded? Blew.
Too old now..................
John Wayne was a cross dresser
Johnny Depp didn’t resemble James “Whitey” Bulger.
LOL! You'll need a time machine. Bonnie Bedelia is 70 years old now.
Somewhere I heard that when they dove down to some of the wreckage, they discovered that oxygen tanks had been TURNED ON in some of the areas where the astronauts had been.
Well at least they didn’t cast Jennifer Lawrence.
An inordinate amount of the cast/crew of that movie got and/or died of cancer as they filmed not far down wind of the Nevada test site and they tested a bomb/bombs during the filming.
Another one of Reagan’s bad ideas.
The man was a national treasure, but he had his share of blown calls.
Sandy Baby O’Connor
Pull the Marines out of Lebanon
Take the Democrat deal on amnesty
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