Grayson Russell will be featured in new space film

Published 5:36 pm Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Local actor Grayson Russell will be featured in a new space film titled "Space Warriors."

Local actor Grayson Russell will be featured in a new space film titled “Space Warriors.”

Fans of Clanton movie star Grayson Russell can catch the premiere of his most recent film, “Space Warriors” at two locations in Alabama this week.

The film will debut at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville on Thursday and open in select theaters nationwide on Friday.

Russell will make a special appearance on Friday at the Carmike Patton Creek 15 in Hoover from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with “Space Warriors” showing at 6:40 p.m.

Those hoping to meet Russell should plan to arrive early on Friday for autographs and to purchase tickets.

Russell’s new film follows a group of exploring kids who attend space camp and find themselves in the middle of a real-life urgent crisis aboard the International Space Station.

Russell plays the character Rusty Riggs in the film that incorporates historical events, archival footage and unique special effects as it was filmed in Huntsville.

Grayson’s mother, Crystal Russell, said this is the first film that Grayson has filmed in his home state of Alabama and it is something he was very proud of doing.

“It was nice for him to be able to work close to home,” Russell said. “The film was shot on location at the Space Camp which is an incredible facility.”

Sean McNamara co-wrote and directed the kid-friendly movie that also stars Danny Glover, Josh Lucas, Mira Sorvino, Dermot Mulroney and Thomas Horn.

Now a freshman in high school, Russell made his film debut as Will Ferrell’s son, Texas Ranger, in the film “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

He also appeared in the trilogy “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” based on the novels by author Jeff Kinney.

Recently, Russell completed filming “A Season of Miracles”alongside John Schneider that is set to release later this year.

“Grayson loved that he had the opportunity to do more stunts in Space Warriors than in any of his previous films,” Russell said. “He actually did basic astronaut training. He learned scuba diving basics and did some filming suspended in a harness which he thought was really cool.”

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