Angelina Jolie has passed for a second time on Alfonso Cuaron’s $80 million sci-fi epic “Gravity” for Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures reports Deadline.
Set during an orbital repair mission, the story follows a male (Robert Downey Jr.) and female astronaut who are outside when debris from an exploded satellite threatens the rest of the crew. Downey’s role however is said to be relatively small, with the female astronaut’s struggle to get back to her child being the main story focus and the actress holding the screen on her own for big swaths of screen time.
Originally developed at Universal, Angelina Jolie was attached to star in the female role but left around the same time Universal passed on the project. Several other actresses were tested or approached including Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts and Scarlett Johansson amongst others.
Warners then made a second offer to Jolie, one said to be worth a considerable amount of money, but she has passed again. The studio is still intent on making the film which would kick off shooting next year once Downey wraps work on the “Sherlock Holmes” sequel.
Meanwhile a script review of a draft dated last November is up at ScriptShadow and hints of a more action-packed suspense tale than you might suspect.