Robert Downey Jr. has officially departed Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi action thriller "Gravity" at Warner Bros. Pictures says Heat Vision.
Sandra Bullock and Downey were to play astronauts from an orbital space station who're out in a shuttle conducting repairs when an exploded asteroid wipes out the station.
Bullock's character becomes hellbent on finding her way back to Earth and her daughter in a film that will spend most of its time with her alone braving the ordeal. Downey's role was described as very much a supporting character whom only appears in the film's first act and required the actor to do only three weeks worth of shooting.
Rumours of his departure first emerged around three weeks ago, so it's likely the studio has been working on getting a back up option ready in case this happened.
Despite the departure, Downey is already moving onto other things - most notably the adaptation of nine-year-old author Alec Greven's book "How to Talk to Girls" at 20th Century Fox. Downey is said to be circling the film to both star in and potentially produce, but is far from locking it in.
Ben Karlin and Stu Zicherman penned the previous draft but if Downey were involved, the project would be reconceived and developed as a vehicle for him. The actor, currently shooting "Sherlock Holmes 2", is still attached to star in Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful" which aims to begin shooting next Summer.