What is going on with this project? Casting woes continue for Alfonso Cuarón’s $80 million 3D sci-fi film Gravity. The movie, co-scripted by Cuarón’s son Jonas, requires a strong female lead to envelop a story about a space-bound engineer who has to make her way back to an international space station in the wake of a catastrophe.
Scarlett Johansson was linked with a verbal agreement, Angelina Jolie turned down the part, twice, & Natalie Portman was recently reported to be in negotiations. Now Deadline say that Portman has also said no to Gravity, and that Warner Bros is now “making a full court press for Sandra Bullock” to play the film’s lead. Gravity centers on “a female astronaut stranded on a space station after satellite debris slams into it and wipes out the rest of the crew.” While Robert Downey Jr. is already on board, his role is going to be minimal. The film has been repeatedly compared to Cast Away in how much the leading lady will be on screen, so in order for the film to be a success they need someone with more than just acting chops, they need a draw.