‘The Challenger’ Casts Michelle Williams as Astronaut Christa McAuliffe Here’s a film that’s bound to be a bit depressing. Michelle Williams, who can be seen later this week in Venom, has just landed the role of Christa McAuliffe in The Challenger, a movie based on the 1986 space shuttle disaster that shocked the world. McAuliffe was set to be the first teacher in space, but the shuttle exploded upon takeoff, killing all seven astronauts on board. Deadline broke the news about Williams joining The Challenger movie. Land of Mine director Martin Zandvliet will helm from a script by Jayson Rothwell.

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