Robert Downey Jr. Could Drop Out of Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity'

October 25, 2010
Source: Deadline

Robert Downey, Jr.

Shortly after we first heard about Alfonso Cuarón's sci-fi movie Gravity, which was then starring Angelina Jolie, another casting update brought Robert Downey, Jr. into the mix in a supporting role. However, a recent report on Deadline says scheduling issues with Sherlock Holmes 2 may prevent him from appearing in the film. Apparently the delays and actress flip-flopping for the lead role have changed his intended plans to start shooting Sherlock Holmes 2, take a break to shoot Gravity, then return to England to complete the detective sequel. With The Avengers production creeping nearer, Downey's time is dwindling fast. Read on!

Fortunately this won't make or break the film since Downey's role was merely a supporting one since the film is said to follow Sandra Bullock in the same way that Cast Away followed Tom Hanks. If you don't recall, the story follows a space station team member hellbent on finding her way back to earth and her daughter, after the station is destroyed by a debris field from an exploded asteroid. It's clear to see how most of the film is contingent on the female lead rather than Downey's role as her co-pilot and only other survivor of the disaster. Apparently Warner Bros. and Bullock are still fighting to get Downey to stick around, so we'll keep you posted. Disappointed?

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    God no find someone who will actually be surprising, Robert Downey Jr. does nothing to excite me anymore, his choices as an actor and his little character quirks are predictable and boring. Everything he has made since Kiss Kiss Bang Bang has been dull.
  • 4k4k
    Since when was Sandra Bullock the lead? Anyway I will be somewhat disappointed if RDJ drops out.
  • If Robert Downey Jr. is out, Gravity will be a flop unless WB brings Angelina Jolie back!
  • Xexex
    Give Bullock a chance, I have a feeling she'll do just fine, especially with Cuarons direction, as for Downey's role give it to Ben Foster or Joseph Gordon Levitt, preferably Foster.




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