At the beginning of the month we heard Natalie Portman was being considered by Warner Bros. for the lead role in Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, an ambitious movie set in space which would be 60% CG feature animation. Much of the film is devoted to a woman’s struggle to get back to Earth (and her daughter) after her team at a remote space station are decimated by debris from an exploded satellite.
Now THR report that both Portman and Warner Bros. are in “active negotiations”. Previously it was mentioned that the studio were looking at a number of actresses such as Sandra Bullock, Marion Cotillard, Naomi Watts, Carey Mulligan and Scarlett Johansson.
If Portman signs on filming will probably begin sometime next year. Filming was originally scheduled to begin this summer but Angelina Jolie decided against appearing in the film after numerous offers, which caused Warner Bros. to search for another actress who could carry a film all by herself.
Robert Downey Jr. has signed up to star as the team leader at the space station, but it was never the intention for him to carry the film. The plan was to work filming around Sherlock Holmes 2 and The Avengers, but he is only expected to be on set for 3 weeks. The opening shot alone is slated to last at least 20 minutes, so a lot of time will be needed for rehearsals.