Michelle Williams attends the photo call for Columbia Pictures' "Venom" at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on September 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Williams was recently cast as Christa McAuliffe in "The Challenger." (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

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Michelle Williams Will Star in “The Challenger” as Christa McAuliffe

Williams will lead the movie about the tragic space shuttle mission.

Michelle Williams will play Christa McAuliffe in The Challenger, an upcoming movie about the tragic 1986 shuttle explosion. The historical feature will cover McAuliffe’s life and the fatal space shuttle accident, which killed the seven people on board the Challenger. McAuliffe was chosen to be the first educator in space, as part of NASA’s Teacher in Space Project.

The Danish filmmaker Martin Zandvliet will direct The Challenger, which will likely begin shooting in May 2019.

“We are more than humbled and extremely grateful for the opportunity to help tell the story of Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger mission,” Ben Renzo of production company Argent Pictures said. “Christa McAuliffe’s legacy deserves the strength, courage, experience and humanity that Michelle Williams brings to the role,” Renzo continued.

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