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Downey out, Clooney in for Cuaron's GRAVITY!

Published at: Dec. 16, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the continuing adventures of the casting of Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY.

From Natalie Portman being considered to Sandra Bullock being cast in this sci-fi suspense story of a female astronaut trying to get home after an accident in orbit this one has been a rollercoaster ride.

Robert Downey Jr. was attached the whole way as a supporting character, but just bailed according to THR's Heat Vision Blog, sending the project over the abyss of development hell. Looks like George Clooney may be pulling it back, rescuing the project, which is good news for all of us because that means we get a suspense flick set in space by one of the best working filmmakers out there.

So, yay for Clooney! Let's make sure this stays on track! I wanna see it!

-Quint
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  • Dec. 16, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    REally, 1?

    by JMoe

    REally

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Another Clooney flop

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Well, maybe not. Bullock may save his charitable ass this time.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    SOLARIS was intriguing...

    by moviemo

    Gives some credence to him fitting well with a sci-fi-ish project. This sounds interesting. I'm excited that sci-fi and the occasional space operas are really picking up momentum in the mainstream.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Yay for Clooney?

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Says who?

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Please don't

    by mmmgoo

    let him get his ass out like he did in Solaris. Those two cheeks were exactly what the original Russian version WASN'T missing...

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Portman/Downey Was Considerably More Interesting

    by Crow3711

    Oh well. It's not like I'm going to not see this. Theres about as much chance of me missing a Cuaron space movie as there is Pee Wee Herman being cast in a space movie.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Random: Is Solaris score good?

    by HansBubi

    I know a good number of critics and film fans refer to the Solaris remake as a failure, but I remember being intrigued by it. Admittedly, I think I was most intrigued by the combination of good actors being in it, the sleek yet efficient visuals, and the score. I tend to like scores that aren't exactly traditional (The Fountain, The Social Network, Fight Club, etc.), and so I'm curious if anyone recommends the score.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    @kingofmilwaukee

    by Master_G

    "SB belongs in a sci-fi movie about as much as Pee Wee Herman" Don't understand that. Sandra Bullock won't be in it as herself, and the movie won't be real. But she might act in it, and the sci fi movie might be pretend though.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    should get winona ryder and mel gibson.

    by alice133

    real chemistry.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Really looking forward to this seeing the light of day

    by Ben Harrison

    It's been, like, 5 years since Cuaron made CHILDREN OF MEN. Can't wait to see what he follows it up with. I know he did that PARIS, JE T'AIME short, but I meant feature-length follow up.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Re: Random: Is Solaris score good?

    by teamneedle

    the Solaris score is amazing.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST

    I'll take new Cuaron any way I can get it

    by beastie

    Granted I'd love for him to take on a comic series. DMZ perhaps?

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    GRAVITY

    by HEADGEEK

    The Script on this is so good! Clooney will be aces in Cuaron's GRAVITY!

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Solaris and Gravity...

    by Rhuragh

    Solaris is pretty decent, actually. It doesn't quite have the depth or brilliance of the original, or something like 2001, though it tries mightily to replicate both. It sometimes succeeds, but mostly falls just a little short. The score is absolutely amazing. It's one of the most inventive film scores of last decade. Many of the areas where the film really succeeds owe a huge debt to the score. Overall, I give the film a 7/10. <BR><BR>So, when the fuck did that talentless hack Bullock get attached to Gravity? That really just ruins the film for me. Hopefully Clooney will push Cuaron to find someone better. Either way, I'll see anything Cuaron makes after Children of Fucking Men. Pretty much the same goes for Clooney after Solaris, Good Night and Good Luck, The American, Syriana, Michael Clayton, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Intolerable Cruelty, Burn After Reading, O Brother, Three Kings, and The Thin Red Line. Seriously, can you point to many other actors who can list a resume like the one I just enumerated?

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Just what I wanted for Christmas

    by CherryValance

    more Clooney... *barfs*

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Arg.

    by Rhuragh

    So, BR doesn't work. <P>Does P?

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    So it's Sandra (I'm not going to see it) Bullock drifting

    by kabong

    in orbit . . . with lots of close-ups, no action, and women in the audience nudging each other and saying, "I think he still has feelings for her." Cineplex is going to have to build HIS and HER sections . . . along with the SMART and PG CRAP sections.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Solaris Score...

    by TenderBranson

    is done by Cliff Martinez former Chili Peppers drummer consistent Soderbergh composer.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    oh by the way...

    by TenderBranson

    I actually like the new Talkback format Quit hatin'

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Oh. Heh.

    by Rhuragh

    It looks like BR needs to be in lower case for it to work. <br><br>Let's try it.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Ok. WTF.

    by Rhuragh

    I see plenty of other people here using BR and P. What the fuck?

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    this is a Tess Gerritsen novel

    by bobaswart

    male actor drills holes in female actress' head to relieve pressure in her brain from alien amoebas slowly killing her...I wonder if she makes it?

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Children of Fucking Men

    by SuperMotherBug

    That's all I got.

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Me lovey some Clooney.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Oh boy...

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Portman & Downy? No Way - NOT believable

    by ninpobugei

    I'm glad it's Clooney & Bullock. I mean, c'mon Natalie Portman as an astronaut? Puh-lease. And Downy is overused by this point (like Johnnie Dep). Clooney always classes up the joint.</p><p> Portman and Downy would be bad enough casting to build another MOON (A truly dull and monstrously predictable low-brow sci-fi flick).

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    and her ship will have to maintain a certain speed

    by deelzbub

    or else it will blow up.

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Clooney, Movie, Space, the? Sign me up.

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Yeah it will be good because the script

    by Shaner Jedi

    is good. Yeah, because a good script always = a great film.

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Casting on this sucks...

    by scrote

  • "Gravity... is workin' against me"

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Clooney is cool, sort of sick of Downey's smugness

    by Monolith_Jones

    He's always "that" guy. Sometimes I feel he just lucked out that Tony Stark is supposed to be "that" guy also. He's a good actor, but is he trying anymore? Same thing with Mark Wahlberg. I don't think he's a good actor. He just picks the right parts most of the time, parts that aren't far off from his own personality.

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    score of SOLARIS

    by AdzonVonMelk

    The Sore of SOLARIS is great and I liked the movie as well. good time watching, as well as I loved the tarkowski-version. it´s two different versions of a story and I liked them both. I even read the book and enjoyed the depth that lem was going to, but in the end, ... I´m more a "movie-guy"...

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Whoop-dee-doo...

    by Triple_J_72

    Now that Clooney is cast, the female lead will probably have to be a lot older now... probably Meryl fucking Streep. BLAHHHH!

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Honestly don't care who stars

    by Kammich

    Cuaron could cast Snookie and the Situation, and he would still make the movie brilliant. Cuaron is truly a gift to cinema.

  • Dec. 19, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Clive Owen...

    by workshed

    Would be my preferred choice. He and Cuaron obviously have the rapport. 'Children of Men' is now, rightly, considered a classic piece of modern sci-fi.

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