It’s not historical fact as much as a depiction of an era, but Amazon′s original movie The Aeronauts has a gorgeous look with plenty of historical elements. We previewed the first trailer for the film two months ago, and Amazon just released the next. The film is billed as biographical adventure, and that comes from its depiction of Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts) as real-life balloonist James Glaisher. Glaisher, with another British aeronaut named Henry Coxwell, beat the world flight altitude record by reaching nearly 39,000 feet with a hot air balloon. For the Amazon production Coxwell is being swapped out for a fictional character played by Rogue One’s Felicity Jones. Both Jones and Redmayne were nominated for Oscars for The Theory of Everything, with Redmayne taking home an award. Jones’ character in this film will be an amalgam of the first woman who was a professional balloonist, Sophie Blanchard, and another famous aeronaut of the era, Margaret Graham.
Even if you dismiss the elements that aren’t historical, you’re left with a big budget steampunk era film, which is a rarity for fans of the genre, The Aeronauts had top designers re-create the 1860s. Alice Sutton, who was production designer on Bohemian Rhapsody, is production designer on this film (as well as next year’s Emma adaptation starring Anya Taylor-Joy). The historical costumes were created by Alexandra Byrne, Oscar-winner for Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and she’s known for her work on Marvel movies Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, The Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, plus The Phantom of the Opera and Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet.
Take a look at the new trailer for Amazon’s The Aeronauts:
The musical score comes from Steven Price, who composed the Oscar-winning music for Gravity (also Baby Driver, Suicide Squad, and World’s End).
The Aeronauts will have a limited theatrical release beginning December 6, arriving on Amazon Prime Video beginning December 20, 2019.