The Aeronauts (film)
|Directed by||Tom Harper|
|Screenplay by||Jack Thorne|
|Music by||Steven Price|
|Edited by||Mark Eckersley|
|Distributed by||Amazon Studios|
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. The Aeronauts is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 25, 2019, in IMAX.
- Eddie Redmayne as James Glaisher
- Felicity Jones as Amelia Wren
- Phoebe Fox as Antonia
- Himesh Patel
- Vincent Perez as Pierre
- Anne Reid as Ethel
- Tom Courtenay
- Tim McInnerny
- Rebecca Front
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 However, while Glaisher appears in the film, Coxwell has been replaced by Amelia Wren, a fictional composite character, based on several real-life balloonists and adventurers. 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.
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