'The Aeronauts' trailer: Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones reunite for high-flying adventure

Tom Butler
Senior Editor

Following the news that The Aeronauts would enjoy its European premiere at the London Film Festival on 7 October, eOne has today released the first trailer for the period adventure film.

Reuniting powerhouse thesps Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones - who last appeared together in 2014’a Oscar-winning The Theory of Everything - The Aeronauts sends the pair skyward as pioneering adventurers James Glaisher and Amelia Wren.

Although Jones’ character Wren is a historical fabrication, the film is inspired by real events which saw Glaisher pushing the science of meteorology to the next level with a series of daredevil balloon ascents into the atmosphere.

Felicity Jones in THE AERONAUTS (eOne UK)

Fantastic Beasts star Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, while co-star Felicity Jones lost out on Best Actress to Julianne Moore for Still Alice.

Directed by Wild Rose’s Tom Harper from a script by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), the film is coming to U.K. and Ireland cinemas and IMAX in November.

Felicity Jones (L) and Eddie Redmayne attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon, 2015. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

However in America the film - produced by Amazon Studios - will receive a day and date simultaneous release in cinemas and on Amazon Prime Video when it’s released there in December.

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In September last year, the film’s production caused a panic in a “sleepy village” in Newent, Gloucestershire when a hot air balloon carrying the film’s stars seemed to be in danger of crashing in the local area.

The Aeronauts take to the skies. (eOne)

Onlooker Pat Cowgill told the BBC: “I wondered if it had run out of fuel or it had come loose from its tether.”

“Several things were running through my mind and I was concerned they might not be in control or were trying to avoid the town if they had to make an emergency landing.”

Fellow Newent resident Heather Toye added “some of the villagers were alarmed”, and it looked like “something was wrong” with the balloon, which seemed to be “in distress”.

The balloon “looked wonky” and the helicopter seemed “very close” to it, Ms Toye said.

The Aeronauts­­­, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, is in UK and Irish Cinemas and IMAX 6 November.