Last week we heard Angelina Jolie had turned down an offer from Warner Bros. to star 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.
It was mentioned that the studio were now considering a number of actresses such as Sandra Bullock, Marion Cotillard, Naomi Watts, Carey Mulligan and Scarlett Johansson, but now Natalie Portman has apparently been offered the role following buzz from the Telluride Film Festival for Black Swan.
From Risky Business:
As Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller rallied audiences at the Venice and Telluride film festivals last week, Portman has fielded an offer from Warner Bros. to star in the drama “Gravity.” The lead in the epic survival story, co-written by Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron, has been a highly sought role for months, with Angelina Jolie pulling out of it recently.
In the wake of “Swan” notices, Cuaron finally got the green light from the studio to relay the offer to Portman without requiring a screen test. Portman, who couldn’t make it to Telluride’s “Swan” screenings Sunday, is expected to read the latest version of the script this week and make her decision shortly.
Although Cuaron, Downey and the studio have juggled multiple potential stars, including Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively, none has come up all cherries. But the role now is Portman’s if she feels up for it. As an added benefit to the studio, even with a nice raise, her salary would only come in at about half of Jolie’s.
Out of all the names mentioned I would have probably gone for Portman too. Awards season buzz for her role in Black Swan may be a bit premature at the moment, but regardless of whether she gets nominated or not she is still a good actress, and one I would gladly pay to see with Robert Downey Jr. in an Alfonso Cuaron film.
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. He will work filming around Sherlock Holmes 2 and The Avengers but he is only expected to be on set for 3 weeks. Although, the opening shot alone is slated to last at least 20 minutes, so a lot of time will be needed for rehearsals. If you’ve seen Children of Men you’ll be familiar with Cuarón’s long and fluid style.