Sandra Bullock In & Downey Jr. Out For ‘Gravity’?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 11:21 pm,

Last week it was quietly reported that Sandra Bullock has indeed signed on to star in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, a film that has struggled for months to land an actress for its pivotal lead role.

Robert Downey Jr. signed on for Gravity earlier this year as well, but he may no longer be up for playing Bullock’s fast-talking copilot in the big-budget, sci-fi venture due to his increasingly jam-packed schedule.

Gravity was originally scheduled to begin filming in London this past summer, which would’ve allowed Downey to complete his work on the project before he departed for Sherlock Holmes 2. Downey has both The Avengers and Iron Man 3 to tackle after shooting wraps on Guy Ritchie’s sequel, which will make it difficult for him to find time for Cuarón’s space-set thriller. The hard-working actor is far from officially out at this point – not to mention that both Warner Bros. officials and Bullock are reportedly pushing for Downey to stay attached to Gravity as well.

Bullock will be the big player in Gravity as her character – an astronaut determined to return to her daughter on Earth after the space station she is working on is destroyed by debris from an exploded asteroid – will be the only individual onscreen for most of the film. Downey’s space veteran does survive the destruction of the station, but the fellow is away on another space ship while Bullock’s heroine struggles to survive and make her way home.

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Tom Hanks was shipwrecked on an island in ‘Castaway’.

Bullock’s role in Gravity has been compared to that of Tom Hanks’ in the man vs. nature survival tale, Castaway. Cuarón’s project will be not only far more fast-paced and action-driven than the Hanks vehicle, but the cost will also be significantly higher as Gravity is expected to be upwards of 60% CGI, a la Avatar. The Children of Men filmmaker also has plans for his new sci-vi venture to open with a 20-minute long tracking shot – ambitious, to say the least.

While we always appreciate it when Robert Downey Jr. shows up in a film, Gravity won’t be hurt too badly if he has to quit the project. The success of the movie will depend heavily on what Bullock brings to the table and whether she can make for a truly compelling and engaging lead.

If Downey can spare three weeks to work on Gravity, then we’ll all be much obliged, of course.

Source: Deadline

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  1. The problem is that with all the movies he’s currently juggling (including Sherlock Holmes 2, The Avengers and Iron Man 3, among others), there’s the possibility that Robert Downey Jr could find himself so overexposed to the point where audiences may get sick & tired of seeing him in too many films that are being churned out one right after another, especially if the films aren’t very good.

    I’d prefer to see Bill Pullman in the role of the co-pilot, because he and Sandra Bullock had such great chemistry in “While You Were Sleeping”, and I think they would do quite well if they appeared in Gravity.

  2. @Stephie…

    Bill Pullman would be an excellent choice. So would Ben Affleck.

  3. Jon Hamm should replace him.

    But why Sandra?

  4. I’m trying to imagine Sandra in this role it’s definetly a stretch. I say RDJ skips this one, it might be good for Sandra too, cause Downey, to me at least, would steal the scenes he’s in, thus making Sandra’s performance seem less interesting which would kill the movie.

    Now switch it and have Downey playing the lead would be awesome

  5. I wasn’t to thrilled to hear about Sandra Bullock being cast, but, this is a Alfonso Cauron movie and it will be great either way. The 20 minute opening long tracking shot just sounds dope as well. I like that he’s not afraid to take that risk in his films.

  6. RDJ probably doesn’t want to be in a movie with the talentless Sandra Bullock, and like him, in out too. Will not be seeing this.

    • My brainwaves EXACTLY.

    • Same here. I pretty much lost all interest when Portman bailed out.

      • With Portman it might have been interesting. Now it’s just a Sandra Bullock movie. And with the exception of Speed, that is never a good thing.

      • piratedan,

        Yeah, I really don’t get all the hate that Sandra Bullock gets…


        • Vic,

          I agree, dunno why people seem to dislike her, just one of those things I suppose. Reading LM’s comment afterwards about the director’s preference and a difference with the studio over the choice, I bet that’s never happened before either, but Cuaron doesn’t appear to think its a dealbreaker else he would walk away from the film, right?

      • From what I’ve read Portman was Cuaron’s choice, and Bullock was the studios. Since Portman dropped out, he had to go with Bullock.

  7. Either way there will be Cuaron fans who will be supporting this film.

  8. What’s up with all the Sandra Bullock hater-aid? I believe the woman has proved she can act. I, for one, believe this will be a hit.

  9. Bully for Bullock…. I think its better for Downey to toss his lot into the Sherlock II franchise and toss this one off anyway. Too much character for the screaming in space. Bad Joke…. anyway lets see a bit of African American Male as the lead option for the lead male role… What about Gary Dourdan or Cuba Gooding??

  10. I know she can act, but I can’t look at any performance an say She’d be a good fit for this. I love her and her movies, but I’m between worried and cautiously optimistic.

    It’s a shame because When this movie was announced and RDJ and Portman were rumored/cast and Cuaron directing I was so looking forward to it.

    I will see this movie because I love Cuaron, Children of Men is one of my favorite films of all time, and I like Sandra. As much as I adore RDJ I hope he passes, and they cast a lesser known actor to play opposite Sandra.