Johansson and Lively Go Head-To-Head For ‘Gravity’ Role

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 11th, 2013 at 11:51 am,

Alfonso Cuarón’s space-set thriller Gravity may have started out a mere blip on the radar of upcoming movie projects, but as soon as Robert Downey Jr. became attached, more and more people started taking notice.

The thriller revolves around a group of U.S. astronauts – led by a medical engineer and “a talkative ‘mile-a-minute’ veteran” – who are on a mission to fix the Hubble telescope. Events take a turn for the dangerous when several Russian satellites begin to implode and force the U.S. team to race back to Earth in order to survive the resulting avalanche of debris.

The last we heard, Downey Jr’s Iron Man 2 co-star, Scarlett Johansson, was attached to play the lead in Gravity. Apparently she only made a “verbal agreement” to star in the film but it was presumed she’d get the role. Not so fast! Heat Vision is reporting that Johannson isn’t a lock for the role and in fact she’s vying with another actress, Blake Lively, to get it.

The role of the female medical engineer was originally supposed to be played by Angelina Jolie but when it moved from Universal to Warner Bros., Jolie bailed on the project, supposedly because the studio didn’t want to pay her a hefty $20 million paycheck (I guess Columbia Pictures didn’t mind paying her that for Salt…).

Along with Johansson and Lively, Inception star Marion Cotillard has also tested for the role. However, apparently Johansson and Lively are the two likeliest candidates at this point. Both actresses certainly have strong things going for them:

Lively has become a favorite with WB, with the studio having cast her in both Green Lantern and Ben Affleck’s second directorial effort, The Town. On the other hand, Johansson has an established working relationship with Downey Jr. from Iron Man 2 – will the actor push for her to get the role because of that?

Scarlett Johansson Blake Lively Johansson and Lively Go Head To Head For Gravity Role

Scarlett Johansson in ‘Iron Man 2′ and Blake Lively in ‘Green Lantern’

Part of the plot of Gravity is that the female lead is a mother who hopes to reunite with her daughter once she gets back to earth. Since Johansson and Lively are both a lot younger than Jolie, it’s unclear if the mother-daughter aspect will be kept in the script. Director Alfonso Cuarón is currently working on the project with his brother Jonas.

The decision on which actress will land the role is expected within the next week or two. As always, stay tuned to Screen Rant to find out icon smile Johansson and Lively Go Head To Head For Gravity Role .

Gravity will likely start shooting early next year, depending on the availability of the lead actress.

Source: Heat Vision

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  1. Lively is the better looking she does have that going for her. I guess that might not be an issue considering the nature of the plot though…

  2. @ old man

    “old man” with old man taste :)

    Lively better looking at Johanssen?

  3. Something is wrong with you if you where single and you kicked ether of them out of your bed.

    • Or religious reasons, and not into females.

  4. Angelina should be casted in this. Scarlett and Lively lack credibility in this kind of a role and they’re too young to pull it off

    • I can not see Angelina playing an astronaut. Besides she is a horrid actress.

  5. Lively is better looking you got to be kidding. Your a old man and we all know old men love the teenage looking girls. Scarlett is beautiful,she is also a much more accomplished actress then blake. Scarlett will get the role.

  6. I’m not one to drool over pretty girls a lot but that diner scene in Iron Man 2 where they show her walking in starting with her butt…I melted

  7. The plot to this sounds uneventful.

  8. Blake’s youth has nothing to do with it. Their are metrics to beauty, just like a lot of other things. Look at Ms. Lively’s smile compared to Johansson’s. The more generous mouth is considered a better attribute. You can’t see that? Everything else about their looks seems comparable. But that’s just looks, it has nothing to do with talent. I see everyone’s point about either of them seeming right for the part too. An older woman would be more believable as a Professional with a family, especially if she’s suppose to be a single parent. Neither looks old enough to have sacrificed their relationships to their profession and have a fractured family…

  9. Lively is pretty and all, but compared to Scarlett she just looks average.

  10. Oh look its that scene from Iron Man 2 again that wasnt in the film.