Amazon Studios has shared the first trailer for Tom Harper‘s “The Aeronauts,” starring Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones. This is the pair’s first feature together since their critically lauded performances in “The Theory of Everything.”
In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While breaking records and advancing scientific discovery, their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world they have left far below them. But they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival.
Harper’s film was previously scheduled to play on IMAX for an exclusive week run ahead of its regular theatrical rollout. In late July, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the studio had scrapped that route.
Imax CEO Richard Gelfond on Tuesday told analysts during an earnings call that the giant-screen exhibitor — like a majority of cinema chains — generally won’t carry a film that doesn’t more or less honor the traditional 90-day exclusive window.
“So we don’t expect to be part of that release,” Gelfond said of The Aeronauts. Sources say a busy year-end schedule for Imax further complicates the situation.
“The Aeronauts” is Harper’s next release after helming “Wild Rose,” which saw a remarkable performance out of lead actress Jessie Buckley. The cast for “The Aeronauts” also includes Tom Courtenay, Anne Reid, Rebecca Front, Vincent Perez, Tim McInnerny, Phoebe Fox and Himesh Patel.
The film is written by Jack Thorne, who has a credit on 2017’s “Wonder.” Harper co-writes and produces the film. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are also producing for Mandeville’s Films. Executive producers are Richard Hewitt and Thorne.
“The Aeronauts” is distributed by Amazon Studios. It releases in theaters December 6 and will land on Amazon Prime Video December 20.