Michelle Williams to Play Astronaut Christa McAuliffe in THE CHALLENGER October 3, 2018 Michelle Williams, who hits Irish cinemas this week with ‘Venom,’ has signed on to play astronaut Christa McAuliffe in director Martin Zandvliet’s drama about the 1986 space shuttle Challenger accident. Per Deadline, the Jayson Rothwell-scripted feature will follow the true story of McAuliffe, a New Hampshire high school teacher who was selected to join NASA’s Teacher in Space Project. She eventually became part of the astronaut crew on the Space Shuttle Challenger, which launched from Cape Canaveral on January 28, 1986. The shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff, on live TV, killing all seven aboard. Zandvliet and his team are aiming to have cameras rolling May 2019. Producers on the project include John and Art Linson, Ben Renzo. Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens, Drew Brees, Tony Parker, Michael Finley and Derrick Brooks. VENOM is in cinemas across the country now.