Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne Reunite for ‘The Aeronauts’
Redmayne and Jones are back together once again
Amazon Studios has started principal photography on the feature film “The Aeronauts,” which reunites Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Danish Girl) who starred in “The Theory of Everything” together. That project earned Jones an Oscar nomination and Redmayne an Oscar win for his performance of Stephen Hawking. Filming for “The Aeronauts” has begun across the UK and in London and additional castings include Oscar nominee Tom Courtenay (45 Years), BAFTA nominee Anne Reid (The Last Tango in Halifax), BAFTA winner Rebecca Front (The Thick of It), Vincent Perez (Riviera), Tim McInnery (Game of Thrones), Phoebe Fox (The Hollow Crown) and Himesh Patel (forthcoming Danny Boyle, Richard Curtis project).
“The Aeronauts” is directed by BAFTA nominee Tom Harper (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders) and is written by BAFTA winner Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Wonder, Radioactive). The film is set in 1862 and follows wealthy young widow Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and ambitious scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) as they mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. The studio teases the film adding, “As their perilous ascent reveals their true selves, this unlikely pair discover things about each other – and themselves – that help them find their place in the world they have left behind.”
The film is produced by Harper, with Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman for Mandeville Films (Wonder, Stronger, Beauty and the Beast); and executive produced by Richard Hewitt. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.
“A top priority for us on The Aeronauts is authenticity. With that in mind, we intend to do as much balloon filming in the sky as the weather will allow. This image was taken after we launched Felicity and Eddie 2,000 feet in the air, performing their scripted scene, while a helicopter captured it all. We’re fortunate that Felicity and Eddie have the nerve to do these stunts themselves as it authenticates our entire approach” explains Lieberman.
Director of Photography is BAFTA winner George Steel (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders), with costumes by Alexandra Bryne (Oscar winner for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Oscar nominated for Finding Neverland, Elizabeth and Hamlet) and hair and make-up by Jenny Shircore (Beauty and the Beast, Macbeth). Production designers are David Hindle (The Death of Stalin, The Theory of Everything) and Christian Huband (Edge of Tomorrow, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). Louis Morin (Arrival, The House with a Clock on its Walls) is the VFX Supervisor.