Clooney Replaces Downey In “Gravity”

George Clooney will take over the male lead role from Robert Downey Jr. in the Alfonso Cuaron-directed Warner Bros. space thriller “Gravity” says The Hollywood Reporter.

Sandra Bullock is set to play the main character, a female astronaut who becomes trapped in space after debris wipes out her space station.

Clooney’s role is relatively small but apparently a key element of the story. Production kicks off in the Spring and Clooney will film his role once he wraps up work directing the politics-themed “The Ides of March”.