Felicity Jones (“Rogue One”) and Eddie Redmayne (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) are reuniting for a 19th century story about hot air balloonists. The pair previously collaborated for the Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything,” which earned Redmayne an Oscar for best actor and Jones an Oscar nom for lead actress. THR reports that the pair are currently in negotiations to board Amazon’s “The Aeronauts.”
Jones and Redmayne will play pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher, real-life explorers who, in 1862, sailed into the atmosphere, flying higher than any manned hot air balloon has ever been in human history, before or since. While the pilot and scientist made some wonderful discoveries, the high stakes journey pits the pair into a fight between amazement and survival against the elements.
Jack Thorne (“Wonder”) wrote the screenplay with Tom Harper (“War & Peace”) directing and producing. Mandeville Film’s Todd Lieberman (“Beauty and the Beast”) and David Hoberman (“Monk”), who both just worked with Thorne on recent release “Wonder,” will also produce.
Redmayne has recently ventured into the world of witchcraft and wizardry, helming “Harry Potter’s” spinoff series “Fantastic Beasts” as animal lover Newt Scamander. He’ll be appearing next in the upcoming magical installment “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” opposite Johnny Depp (“Murder on the Orient Express”) and Jude Law (“The Young Pope”).
As for Jones, she took off for a galaxy far, far away for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” back in 2016. She’ll be seen next as future Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Mimi Leder’s “On the Basis of Sex” opposite Armie Hammer (“Call Me By Your Name”), Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers”), Sam Waterston (“Grace and Frankie”) and Kathy Bates (“American Horror Story”).
Production will begin in spring 2018 in London. Redmayne is repped by CAA, the U.K.’s United and Jackoway Tyerman. Jones is repped by WME, the U.K.’s Independent and Peikoff Mahan.