Portman Passes on Cuarón's 'Gravity', WB Wants Sandra Bullock
Aw, this sucks! I hate reporting un-casting news and it's even worse when the potential replacement is the last person I want to see starring in this project. Deadline reports that actress Natalie Portman has sadly passed on the starring role in Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, the big sci-fi production that's been struggling to get its legs and actually secure a cast to start shooting. Portman was rumored and then confirmed as being offered the part back in early September, and was being sent the script. For whatever reason she decided to pass and now Warner Bros is looking at Sandra Bullock as their top choice instead. Don't let it happen!
As a recap, Gravity is Cuarón's ambitious $80 million 3D sci-fi project about two people (although some drafts say just one person) who must take a long, grueling journey home to Earth after their space station is destroyed. The list of candidates in the running for the coveted lead role, opposite Robert Downey Jr, was long and included many great actresses, like Marion Cotillard and Carey Mulligan. Apparently the only one left they think they can rope into this is Sandra Bullock, who's been WB's pick from the start (she did win an Oscar for WB for The Blind Side but who really cares?). I hope Cuarón is smart enough to resist casting her.
Deadline's latest update confirms that Portman passed and that Warner Bros is "making a full court press for Sandra Bullock to play the role of a space station team member who tries to find her way back to earth and her daughter after the space station she is working on is destroyed by a debris field from an exploded asteroid." It's not that I don't think she can be talented, I just personally believe Bullock is one of the most over-hyped, excessively bland, too-old-for-her-roles and no-longer-attractive actresses around, and I don't want her appearing in one of my most anticipated upcoming sci-fi projects. Choose someone else, Cuarón!