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Sandra Bullock: From The Blind Side To Gravity

Posted by on October 7, 2010 at 7:23 PM EST

sandra bullockSandra Bullock is rumored to be starring alongside Robert Downey Jr. in a new film entitled “Gravity.”

Children of Men” Director Alfonso Cuaron’s new movie Gravity might as well be titled, “The Tale of the Changing Lead Actress” when reports surfaced today that Cuaron and Warner Bros have entered into talks with Sandra Bullock to take the staring role.

Sandra Bullock represents at least the 6th actress that has been considered for the lead role in this outer space themed story of isolation and loneliness. Robert Downey Jr. is already signed to the picture, but his role is a much smaller one. The main character is a female astronaut who finds herself to be the sole survivor of a disaster in space. The story follows her as she desperately tries to return to Earth to get back to daughter.

Bullock was not Cuaron’s first choice, or for that matter even his fourth choice, but she could bring a huge box office draw with her since this would be her first role since winning the Oscar for The Blind Side and dealing with all the publicity of her very public divorce from Jesse James.

“Gravity” was first developed as a vehicle for Angelina Jolie, but when the studio didn’t want to pay her requested fee of 20 million dollars they started looking elsewhere. They looked at Oscar Winner Marion Cotillard and also screen tested Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively (of Gossip Girl fame) before turning back to Jolie. When it became clear that they were not going to get Jolie, they shifted their gaze to Natalie Portman. Portman has been getting a lot of positive buzz for her upcoming role in the Darren Aronofsky directed Black Swan. She was said to have started talks with the studio, but those talks have broken down so the studio has now moved on to Sandra Bullock.

“Gravity” will be shot in 3-D and with Cuaron’s reputation of putting together some very striking visuals the combination of the technology, Sandra Bullock and Robert Downey Jr. could make for one hell of a movie. Let’s just hope that everyone else associated with the movie hasn’t dropped out because the script sucked.



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