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George Clooney Is Going Into Space in Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’

by Cas Ruffin on Dec 17th, 2010

Alfonoso Cuaron’s Gravity is one of those films that always had all of the right ingredients, but they never came together at the same time. It was a constant bane on the project’s development. With this latest piece of news, it looks like the found the final piece of the puzzle. George Clooney is going into space!

The project once had Angelina Jolie attached, but she ditched it to focus on her directorial debut. And then Natalie Portman was rumored for the female lead role, but opted out. And finally, Sandra Bullock joined despite our lamentations that this might not be her cup of tea. Robert Downey Jr. was originally the male lead but had to bow out because of scheduling conflicts. Now George Clooney has signed up for the job, and we’re back on track to having an epic movie.

EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that George Clooney is now in talks to replace Robert Downey Jr in starring alongside Sandra Bullock in Gravity, the Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures 3D film that will be directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Deadline broke the story that Downey was going to bow out of the project because of scheduling problems. The plan at this point is to begin production in late April or early May, which would give Bullock the chance to complete the Warner Bros drama Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the Stephen Daldry-directed film that also stars Tom Hanks and newcomer Thomas Horn.

Clooney will replace Downey in the role of team leader of a space station. He and Bullock’s character, off working on a shuttle, are the sole survivors when the space station is decimated by the debris field from an exploded asteroid. Bullock will carry much of the action adventure, a mother who is hellbent on returning to her young child back on earth. Clooney is working the space schedule around The Ides of March, the adaptation of the Beau Willimon play. Clooney is directing and starring alongside Ryan Gosling in the political drama for Sony Pictures Entertainment and Cross Creek Pictures. [Deadline]

I’d look to point out that Deadline used the title ‘George Clooney Orbiting ‘Gravity.’” They have previously used “Natalie Portman Orbiting ‘Gravity.’” when that was news. Is it really that hard to come up with an original headline?

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