NASA’s tragic space shuttle mission from 1986 is getting treatment, with Michelle Williams in the lead. The four-time Oscar nominee will play the late astronaut Christa McAuliffe in the upcoming biopic The Challenger.
This epic project will tell the true story of New Hampshire high school teacher Christa McAuliffe who was selected to join NASA’s Teacher in Space Project. She later became a member of the astronaut crew on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
This takeoff went down in history as one of the most tragic the world has ever witnessed. Millions of people who tuned in to see the live broadcast watched in shock as the shuttle exploded only 73 seconds after a takeoff, killing all seven people on board.
The Challenger will be produced by John and Art Linson and Ben Renzo of Argent Pictures, who said his team is honored and eager to share this important historical moment with audiences around the world.
“We are more than humbled and extremely grateful for the opportunity to help tell the story of Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger mission. Christa McAuliffe’s legacy deserves the strength, courage, experience, and humanity that Michelle Williams brings to the role,” said Renzo.