The Aeronauts: All you need to know about the epic film starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones

The Theory of Everything stars reunite to play a pilot and a scientist who fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a hot air balloon. Find out more about the film.

Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne reunite in epic adventure movie, The Aeronauts.

The Theory of Everything stars reunite to play a pilot and a scientist who find themselves in a fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a hot air balloon.

Inspired by true events, the thrilling film is directed by Tom Harper (Wild Rose) and written by Jack Thorne (Wonder).

From the full cast list to the storyline, we reveal everything we know about The Aeronauts so far…

Release date: When’s The Aeronauts in cinemas?

Get your popcorn order ready - The Aeronauts is in cinemas now. 

According to ScreenDaily, the film is likely to stream on Prime Video in February 2020, as it’s an Amazon Studios production.

First look trailer: Get a glimpse of the action right here

The cast: Jones and Redmayne reunited

Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne reunite after appearing alongside one another as Stephen and Jane Hawking in the Oscar-winning movie The Theory of Everything, below.

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Redmayne stars as real-life weather scientist James Glaisher, whereas Felicity Jones' character - the daredevil pilot Amelia Rennes - has been created for the film but is based on a mixture of real-life aeronauts including Henry Coxwell, Sophie Blanchard and Margaret Graham.

Himesh Patel (Yesterday, EastEnders) stars as James’ friend John Trew, and Tom Courtenay (The Dresser, Doctor Zhivago) plays James' father, Arthur.

Phoebe Fox, Vincent Perez, Anne Reid, Tim McInnerny and Rebecca Front make up the rest of the cast.

Storyline info: What happens in The Aeronauts?

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 before. 

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 help each of them find their place in the world they have left behind.

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The film is based on a mix of historic hot air balloon flights, with the most significant flight in the film based on the 5 September, 1862, flight of British aeronauts James Glaisher and Henry Coxwell, whose hot air balloon broke the world flight altitude record, reaching about 11,887 m (38,999 ft).

Filming locations revealed: From Greenwich to Oxford

The film was largely shot at the West London Film Studios, but was also filmed on location, with London filming spots including the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, and Regent's Park.

The movie also filmed at Wrotham Park and Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, Claydon House in Buckinghamshire, and the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford.

The Aeronauts is in UK cinemas now.

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