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Kristen Stewart To Play Lesbian Astronaut Sally Ride

June 13, 2024

Executive Producer Kyra Sedgwick made it her mission to bring Stewart on after seeing her in Love Lies Bleeding.

Sapphic superstar Kristen Stewart is taking on her next iconic role as Sally Ride, the first woman and first out queer person to fly into space on the shuttle Challenger in 1983.

The limited series, appropriately named The Challenger, will mark Stewart’s first ever lead TV role. The story will follow NASA’s attempts to diversify the space shuttle program, according to Deadline. The class of 1978 was the first group not comprised only of white men, with the inclusion of Ride and the first Black and Asian American astronauts.

Three years after Ride’s first trip into space, the Challenger exploded on another mission, killing all 7 members onboard. Ride became the only astronaut to be a part of the Rodgers Commission, where she pinpointed the cause of the explosion. Ride passed away from cancer at 61 in 2012, known forever as an American hero.

In honor of Ride and the Challenger crew, the show is expected to be released to commemorate those lost in the accident — and so we’ll have to wait until next year to see Stewart take on the role. It should be well worth the wait. Executive Producer Kyra Sedgwick made it her mission to bring Stewart on after seeing her in Love Lies Bleeding.

“Who better to play Sally Ride than one of the great actors of her generation?” Sedgwick told Deadline. “As they say in Hollywood, passion wins the day.”

“She has never done television, but when she read this she became obsessed with telling the story of Sally Ride from her own unique perspective that I won’t even try to paraphrase because she is so eloquent about it,” she continued. “She was so stunning in these pitch meetings and that was a huge part of why it has been so competitive.”

It’s unclear how in depth the show will go into Ride’s personal life. Fingers crossed we get to see a few peeks into her 27-year-long queer romance with former Women’s Tennis Association player Tam O’Shaughnessy.

Rights to the show are still in the process of being auctioned, but Amazon is looking to close the deal.

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