The Theory of Everything stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are lining up to reunite in the Amazon Studios historical drama The Aeronauts. Redmayne received his first career Oscar nomination and first win for The Theory of Everything, the true-life story of physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane. Jones received a nomination for Best Actress for the film but was beaten out by Julianne Moore for Still Alice.
Mandeville Films, the studio behind the current sleeper hit Wonder, are developing The Aeronauts for Amazon. The movie will tell the true-life story of adventurers Amelia Wren and James Glaisher, who in 1862 embarked on a balloon journey to explore the upper-reaches of earth's atmosphere, setting an altitude record for open balloon flight that still has not been broken. The adventuresome pair would make many discoveries during their flight, but would also become engaged in a desperate fight for survival. Tom Harper (War & Peace) is set to direct the film from a script by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).
As reported by Deadline, Theory of Everything co-stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are circling The Aeronauts at the moment. Redmayne would take on the role of James Glaisher, a scientist who embarked on a number of high-altitude flights of discovery in the 19th Century, with Jones taking on the role of pioneering balloon pilot Amelia Wren.
Redmayne and Jones showed strong chemistry in their roles as Stephen and Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything (not to mention being cute as buttons together), so it's not a surprise that Mandeville and Amazon are trying to reunite the pair. Unlike Theory of Everything, which by necessity was dialog-driven and lacking in physicality, The Aeronauts would afford the stars a chance to play more action-oriented, literally less-earth-bound characters, testing their relationship in much more physically demanding (and claustrophobic) circumstances.
Jones is no stranger to playing an adventuresome character in an action-oriented story after her appearance as the rebellious Jyn Erso in the blockbuster Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Jones will next be seen as the lead character in the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On the Basis of Sex, directed by Mimi Leder and co-starring Armie Hammer and Justin Theroux.
Though Redmayne hasn't done anything quite as vigorous as Rogue One, he does have some adventure-story experience after playing Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Redmayne is set to play Newt again in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, alongside Jude Law as Young Dumbledore.
The Aeronauts is set to begin filming in London in Spring 2018.