‘The Aeronauts’ First Image: Felicity Jones & Eddie Redmayne Really Aren’t Afraid of Heights

The first image of Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in the upcoming film The Aeronauts has been released.

The Theory of Everything stars reunite in a new film set in 1862, following a couple – a wealthy young widow (Jones) and an ambitious scientist (Redmayne) – as they attempt to fly higher in a hot air balloon than anyone in history. No prizes for guessing that things won’t go according to plan.

Here’s the first image, and yes, that’s actually them high up in a hot air balloon. Jones clearly isn’t too scared of heights. You can click it for a bigger version…

“A top priority for us on The Aeronauts is authenticity,” explained Oscar nominated producer Todd Lieberman (The Fighter). “With that in mind, we intend to do as much balloon filming in the sky as the weather will allow. This image was taken after we launched Felicity and Eddie 2,000 feet in the air, performing their scripted scene, while a helicopter captured it all. We’re fortunate that Felicity and Eddie have the nerve to do these stunts themselves as it authenticates our entire approach.”

Director is BAFTA nominated helmer Tom Harper, whose television work includes Misfits, Peaky Blinder and War & Peace, and who has two film credits to his name: 2014’s War Book and the 2014 horror sequel The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death. The screenplay comes from Jack Thorne (Wonder).

Official synopsis for The Aeronauts:

Set in 1862, THE AERONAUTS follow wealthy young widow Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and ambitious scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) as they mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. 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 them find their place in the world they have left behind.

‘The Theory of Everything’ | Universal Pictures International