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Up in the Air Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones reunite


to play daredevil balloonists in The Aeronauts. But whilst there’s plenty of action in the


heart-racing adventure story, its just as much a tale about optimism in tricky times, the duo tell Gemma Dunn.


It’s been nearly five years since The Theory Of Everything co-stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones appeared on screen together - and now they’re teaming up once again for biographical adventure, The Aeronauts.


The epic - directed by Tom Harper and co-written by Harper and Jack Thorne - tells the tale of two high-flying balloonists, pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher and daredevil pilot Amelia Wren, united in a record-breaking voyage in Victorian England. And nothing says ‘reunion’ quite like filming 70% of your scenes in a confined basket, reveals the British duo.


“It’s just been fantastic, hasn’t it?” begins Jones, 36, looking to Redmayne. “We built up so much trust from doing The Theory Of Everything, that it felt like we hit the ground running. “We were in a really tiny space for really long periods of time, so it was good to be working with someone who you really respect and admire.”


“We didn’t know each other that well when we did Theory - and then we became very close making that film,” follows Redmayne. “It really didn’t feel like going to work for me, but it may have been different for her!”


“Eddie and I are like boxers,” Jones compares. “We were so happy to be back in the ring together; we really push each other, constantly trying different things, not stopping until we’ve got something we’re both happy with. It was great coming back to work with someone with such a familiar working method.”


Redmayne, 37, agrees: “It’s so rare that you get to push an actor in different directions and have the comfort of having great love and admiration for them. We have needed our mutual trust of one another to really push each other, and my God, we have needed it!” he admits, with a smile. “This film was nothing if not intimate and intense. Poor Felicity! It has literally been like having to live with me in a tiny basket for many months!”


Set in 1862, the balloonists’ mission - and they certainly choose to accept it - is to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. But it’s not all plain ‘sailing’ - for while attempting to further scientific discovery, the pair face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as their ascent soon becomes a fight for survival. Suffice to say if you don’t like heights, you’ll be watching through your fingers.


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