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Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne take to the skies in the trailer for The Aeronauts

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Look up to the skies and journey with Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne as they embark on an unforgettable adventure in the first trailer for The Aeronauts.

Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne reunite in this thrilling drama directed by Tom Harper (Wild Rose) and written by Jack Thorne (Wonder).

Set in 1862 and inspired by true events, The Aeronauts follows wealthy young widow Amelia Wren (Jones) and headstrong scientist James Glaisher (Redmayne), as they mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. This is a journey to the very edge of existence, where the air is thin and the chances of survival are slim. As their perilous ascent reveals their true selves, this unlikely pair discover things about each other – and themselves – that helps each of them find their place in the world they have left behind.

Announced today as the Mayor of London’s Gala, The Aeronauts will enjoy its European premiere at the London Film Festival On October 7thand will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland, and in IMAX venues, on Wednesday, November 6th.

Additional cast joining Jones and Redmayne 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 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.

However, while they are going for an authentic look for the film, it seems that characters have been left out. Jones’ character was created for the film. The real events saw Glaisher travel with Henry Coxwell. The record-breaking flight in 1862 nearly ended in disaster as the balloon ascended uncontrollably and its occupants.

Felicity Jones in THE AERONAUTS

Coxwell and Glaisher reached the greatest height achieved to date. Glaisher lost consciousness during the ascent, his last barometer reading indicating an altitude of 29,000 ft (8,800 m) and Coxwell lost all sensation in his hands but managed just in time to pull the valve-cord with his teeth. The balloon dropped nineteen thousand feet in fifteen minutes, landing safely made near Ludlow. Later calculations estimated their maximum altitude at 35,000 to 37,000 ft (10,700 to 11,300 m)[5]

Keith Moore, Head of Library at the Royal Society, said “It’s a great shame that Henry isn’t portrayed because he performed very well and saved the life of a leading scientist. Glaisher was just looking at his instruments – he was very much the cargo.”

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