Woohoo! Just when I thought Gravity wouldn’t reach the big screen, Natalie Portman sweeps in to save the day! According to Risky Business, Warner Bros. has offered Natalie Portman the lead role in Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. Now keep in mind, Natalie Portman hasn’t signed on officially to star in the film. But this is as good as news as any, because it proves that WB is still commited to Gravity even without Angelina Jolie’s involvement. Good thing to, because this is to good of a premise to pass up.
The report claims that Warner’s desire to have Portman star in the film stems from early reviews coming out of Black Swan, the film starring Portman as a mentally disturbed ballerina. Portman was in the long list of actresses considered for the role, which also included: Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, Carey Mulligan, Sienna Miller, Abbie Cornish, Rebecca Hall, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively. Portman is expected to read the script later this week and make her decision afterwards. As of now, it’s all up to her.
The film reportedly follows a female astronaut who tries to make her way back to Earth after a satellite crash causes a chain reaction of other crashes. It’s said to be largely CGI, and feature many long, countinous shots. The film was written by Alfonso Cuaron’s son, Jonas. Robert Downey Jr. will be playing an (as of now) unspecified role. If things go well, we can expect Gravity to come out sometime in 2012. This is the time where a time traveling DeLorean would REALLY come in handy. As it stands, I guess I’ll just have to be patient. Dang.