'The Aeronauts': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about Amazon's biographical adventure film

'The Aeronauts': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about Amazon's biographical adventure film

Amazon Studios just dropped the trailer for 'The Aeronauts', an upcoming biographical adventure film inspired by true events. The film dramatizes James Glashier’s 1862 balloon expedition with fellow-aeronaut, Henry Coxwell.

Coxwell's character is replaced by the fictional character of Amelia Wren in the script. The movie charts the dangerous mission Glashier and Wren embark on to study the earth’s weather patterns from the sky.

The film will have a short stateside theatrical release before it is launched on the company's streaming service to grab more eyeballs during the holiday season. Explaining the decision, Amazon Studios' head Jennifer Salke, in an interview, said that while the theatrical experience was "important", their "highest priority" was their customers. She also described the film as "spectacular" and said it featured "some of Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne’s finest work".


Release Date:

'The Aeronauts' will have its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 30. The film will be released in theaters December 6 and will be available on Prime Video on December 20, 2019. 


Set in 1862, the film follows wealthy young widow Amelia Wren ( Felicity Jones) who pilots air balloons and the visionary but volatile scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne), a pioneering meteorologist. Together, they plan an expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. But they find themselves in an epic fight for survival while on their intrepid gas balloon journey.  


Eddie Redmayne attends the UK Premiere of "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald" at Cineworld Leicester Square on November 13, 2018, in London, England. (Getty)

The film stars Academy Award winner (Best Actor) Eddie Redmayne ('The Theory of Everything', 'The Danish Girl', 'Fantastic Beasts' film series) as the scientist James Glaisher. After winning the Oscar for 'The Theory of Everything', he received his second Oscar nomination for 'The Danish Girl'. In 2016, he was cast as Newt Scamander in the popular 'Fantastic Beasts' film series.


Felicity Jones attends The Summer Party 2019, Presented By Serpentine Galleries And Chanel, at The Serpentine Gallery on June 25, 2019, in London, England. (Getty)

Felicity Jones portrays the pilot and wealthy widow, Amelia Wren. She was cast opposite Redmayne as Jane Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything' that secured her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. In 2016, Jones starred in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' as Jyn Erso. She also won the BAFTA Britannia Award for the 2016 British 'Artist of the Year'.

Additional cast includes Tom Courtenay (45 Years), Anne Reid (The Last Tango in Halifax), Rebecca Front (The Thick of It), Vincent Perez (Riviera), Tim McInnerny (Peterloo), Phoebe Fox (Eye in the Sky) and Himesh Patel (Yesterday).


Director Tom Harper attends 'Wild Rose' - 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on May 01, 2019 in New York City. (Getty)


This historical drama is directed by Tom Harper of 'Peaky Blinders'. Harper co-wrote the script with Jack Thorne. He is one of the producers along with Mandeville Films’ Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman. Richard Hewitt and Thorne will serve as executive producers. Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price (Gravity) has scored the music for the film. 



The words "And so it begins...' kick off the trailer. The voice is of Amelia Wren, played by Felicity Jones, who continues "I believe there are answers in the sky up there. It is where I have found the greatest happiness."

A few establishing shots show her character's explorer spirit before turning its attention to Redmayne's James Glaisher, a scientist who wants to predict the weather. His proposal to explore the skies and weather patterns is pooh-poohed by the scientific minds of the day.


Secure in his own worth and the feasibility of his ideas, he seeks out Wren to mount a balloon expedition to go higher than any man or woman had gone before. But as they hit the higher reaches of the atmosphere, adverse weather hits their ride and then it is an all-out battle for survival. Those they have left behind on earth wonder if they will ever come back. 

If you liked this, you'll love these: 

'The Aviator', 'Out of Africa', 'Apollo 13', 'Into the Wild' and 'The Imitation Game'.

Share this article: 'The Aeronauts': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about Amazon's biographical adventure film