Hollywood To Produce Movie on Challenger Explosion; Williams to Portray Framingham’s Christa Corrigan McAuliffe

FRAMINGHAM – Hollywood has plans to make a movie about the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion.

And according to Deadline, Michelle Williams will play Framingham Natice and first teacher in Space Christa Corrigan McAuliffe.

The  movie, titled The Challenger, will focus on the life of McAuliffe, who was  first selected by NASA to be the first Teacher in Space. She was one of the astronauts on the shuttle that launched from Cape Canaveral on Jan. 28, 1986, and exploded 73 seconds after takeoff, killing everyone on board.

McAuliffe, a Marian High School and Framingham State graduate, grew up in Framingham. She was a Framingham Girl Scout.

A charter school and a library branch are named for her in the City of Framingham.

According to Deadline, production on The Challenger is scheduled for Spring 2019. No release date has been set.

The film will be produced by John and Art Linson, of the Linson Company, and Ben Renzo, of Argent Pictures’ Ben Renzo.

Williams has been nominated for four Oscars. Her last was for Best Supporting Actress in Manchester by the Sea in 2016.


Photo courtesy of NASA

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