The Aeronauts (film)

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The Aeronauts
Directed byTom Harper
Produced by
Screenplay byJack Thorne
Story by
  • Tom Harper
  • Jack Thorne
Music bySteven Price
CinematographyGeorge Steel
Edited byMark Eckersley
Distributed byAmazon Studios[1]
Release date
  • October 25, 2019 (2019-10-25) (United States)[2]
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

The Aeronauts is an upcoming biographical adventure film directed by Tom Harper, from a story co-written with Jack Thorne and a screenplay solely by Thorne. Produced by Harper, Todd Lieberman, and David Hoberman, the film stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Phoebe Fox, Himesh Patel, Vincent Perez, and Anne Reid.[3][4] The Aeronauts is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 25, 2019, in IMAX.


Pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon.[3]



In the summer of 2018, Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne were confirmed to star in the film.[5][6] Filming commenced in early August, in West London Film Studios.[7]

Historical accuracy[edit]

The balloon flight depicted in The Aeronauts is based on the September 5, 1862 flight of James Glaisher and Henry Coxwell. However, while Glaisher appears in the film, Coxwell has been replaced by Amelia Wren, a fictional composite character, based on several real-life balloonists and adventurers.[8] As well as Coxwell, these include:

- Sophie Blanchard, the first woman to work as a professional balloonist, who became a celebrated aeronaut following her husband’s death.

- Margaret Graham, a British aeronaut and entertainer.

- Amelia Earhart, the pioneering American aviator.

Wren's relationship with husband Pierre is chiefly based on Sophie Blanchard’s flights with husband Jean-Pierre Blanchard, while Pierre's death is inspired by that of Thomas Harris on May 25, 1824.[9]


The Aeronauts is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 25, 2019 by Amazon Studios.[2]


  1. ^ Boland, Hannah (December 31, 2018). "Amazon in talks to release original films in Imax cinemas in 2019". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Petski, Denise (May 14, 2019). "'The Aeronauts' Will Have One-Week Imax Run In October". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Wiseman, Andreas (August 15, 2018). "Felicity Jones-Eddie Redmayne Ballooning Pic 'The Aeronauts' Under Way In UK, Amazon Releases Striking First-Look". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  4. ^ Paur, Joey (August 16, 2018). "Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne Featured in First Photo From Amazon's 'The Aeronauts'". Geek Tyrant. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Pearson, Ben (August 15, 2018). "'The Aeronauts' First Look: Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne Reunite 2,000 Feet in the Sky". /Film. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  6. ^ Heath, Paul (August 15, 2018). "First Look At Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones In Amazon's 'The Aeronauts'". The Hollywood News. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  7. ^ O’Byrne, Audrey (August 22, 2018). "U.K. Now Filming: Amazon's Star-Studded 'The Aeronauts'". Backstage. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  8. ^ Malvern, Jack (August 16, 2018). "Ballooning hero becomes a woman for new Eddie Redmayne film The Aeronauts". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  9. ^ Winchester, Simon (October 25, 2013). "Book Review: 'Falling Upwards' by Richard Holmes". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved May 28, 2019.

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