Angelina Jolie Passes On Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated September 10th, 2010 at 10:40 am,

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This is just a massive shame. According to Deadline, Angelina Jolie has passed on the lead role in Alfonso Cuarón’s 3D film Gravity (co-starring Robert Downey Jr.). Despite being offered a mountain of cash and the opportunity to work with one of the greatest mainstream directors alive today — Children of Men was the best sci-fi film of the last decade, if not one of the best films ever — Jolie is too busy prepping her directorial debut, a Bosnian love story circa 1990-something.

Gravity, scripted by Cuarón and his son Jonas, is about two characters—a team leader (Downey Jr.) and a female lead—who get stranded in space after their space station explodes, killing the remainder of their team. The bulk of the film is about the female lead trying desperately to return home to her child…before bedtime! (OK, that last part I made up.)

Because the film focuses so heavily on the female lead, Warner Bros. pushed hard for Angelina Jolie, one of the few actresses around—or actors, for that matter—who could possibly dominate the screen by herself for the majority of the film. (Think Cast Away but in space, and with a lady instead of Tom Hanks.)

Previously, the studio had reached out to every other actress working today—from Sandra Bullock to Blake Lively—but Angelina was far and above their favorite, which is why they reached out twice. Now the question remains, without the most beautiful woman in the world onboard, will Warner Bros. be willing to throw $80 million at Gravity? Or is Gravity’s future, more likely, now in jeopardy?

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Don’t look so sad, Alfonso, you’re breaking my heart

I would, in all seriousness, watch anything and anyone directed by Alfonso Cuarón: the man has never disappointed as a director. In fact, his disappointments (Great Expectations) are at worst ‘just plain good.’ He has made beautiful children’s fantasy tales (A Little Princess, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), he has made powerful and personal art-house films (Y tu mamá también), and, I repeat, he has made my favorite sci-fi film of the past ten years—if not longer—Children of Men.

Speaking of Children of Men, it has been said that Gravity will use some of the same long-take techniques that were so prevalent and mind-boggling in the aforementioned sci-fi masterpiece. In fact, the opening shot itself, according to The Playlist, will be twenty minutes long or longer, bringing to mind the best opening shot in film history—that of Orson Welle’s Touch of Evil. One shot. One scene. All awesome.

Gravity, which will be 60% CGI, not unlike James Cameron’s Avatar, starts shooting next year after Robert Downey Jr. finishes Sherlock Holmes 2 – that is, if everything falls into place. Cross your fingers, Cuarón fans.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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  1. So lets just break this down… its a 3-D flick that will be about a woman in space all by herself??? Is it possible that Angelina turned it down because it has a lot of wholes in the plotline or because in space no one can hear you scream in ecstacy??? The entire situation is either on the table or its not regardless of someone thinking that Angelina Jolie is the most beautiful woman alive … or something like that… Beyonce could do this thing and make all that 3-D worth its while for every teenage boy, girl and whatever as a part of stepping up the history of Blacksploitation Right?… sheesh… Im done here…

    • Well, no, it’s not “either on the table or not regardless of how pretty Angelina is.” The studio wanted Angelina because she’s guaranteed profit internationally. It’s either on the table or not if they say it is, and they were much more likely to say it is with Angelina on the screen. Beyonce isn’t guaranteed international bank. Few actresses or actors are. It doesn’t mean that the movie won’t be made, and frankly I’d be just as happy if Angelina wasn’t starring as I would if she was, but…again…the studio DOES care.

  2. My vote for the lead in this film is Cate Blanchett. Excellent actress hands down. Cauron is a genius. Children of men is one of the best films ever and his take on Harry Potter turned the series from a kids story to something darker and more mature. I would love to see Cauron direct the 7th films but he obviously has his hands full. Yates hasn’t done a terrible job but I think he/ someone else could have done better with the 5th and 6th. I also agree with possibly bumping RDJ up to the lead role I personally lovehim as an actor and hes really turned around in my opinion.

  3. you obviously didnt read book 3 b/c cauron abolstuly butchred it as for maturity that would have happend by the 4th one anyway he did not have to assrape book 3 by cutting out the maruaders story and other stuff

    • Dude, if you’re going to rip on someone: a) use a dictionary and b)cool it on the vulgarity. Sheesh, it’s a freakin’ movie.

  4. Mariska Hargitay. ‘Nuff said. :D

  5. I did read the 3rd book just a while ago. Mauraders story from what the mauraders map? I don’t remember it so I don’t know how “essential” to the story it is. Obviously Cauron felt the same way… It was also the longest movie i believe even tho it was quite a short book.

  6. Jessica Alba or Jennifer Garner would both be great in a movie of this type.

  7. I like Angelina, but if she’s not available, I vote for MARISKA HARGITAY, too. She has the same ‘tough’ image as Angelina, and she’s an excellent actress, too. If the movie was made well, people will watch it. Wanna bet?

    • Good Idea Nimo….I think that falls under the category of ‘better to regret something that you have done than regret something that you haven’t done..’ and we all know that Dad’s everywhere will bank on that one when taking kids to the movie. The movie should be made really.

      Personally, I like the maturity of HARGITAY better than the PORTMAN option simply because she is more accessible and I believe there is more loyalty out there for her in a stable market of 10+ years on according to her years on Law & Order. This makes for more draw into the film market than Portman brings because of her prior associations with Sci-Fi roles as a youth instead of a grown woman. Credit where credit due, I do think that they were wise to offer it to Portman after this well deserved step up in her performance as the Black Swan, but cards down Hargitay is better for this mature stand alone scientist with kids role.

      Hardest piece of the puzzle is how these women might play out opposite the illustrious Robert Downey Jr. who needs to garner lateral power from which ever female co-star that he works with to maintain his dynamic of lead male; Paltrow was easy enough but Johannsen was primed to walk away with it for a few moments in Iron Man 2. Given this understanding, one might consider the little known fact that Hargitay is Jayne Mansfield’s daughter and may well have it in her wiles to step up her ‘appeal’ as ‘exposurer’ in the male interest market while maintaining her intellectual credibility as a believable woman within feminist camps.

      Like the idea that Nimo saw the way around the corner on this one… For now we will likely wait out the Portman dialogue to further understand the ‘Gravity’ of the situation as it plays out behind closed doors.