Robert Downey Jr. Joins Cuaron’s “Gravity”

Robert Downey Jr. is in talks to join Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D space-set feature “Gravity” for Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures says Deadline New York.

Set on a remote space station, the story follows a male (Downey Jr.) and female astronaut who are outside when debris from an exploded satellite apparently kills the rest of the crew.

Originally developed at Universal, Angelina Jolie was recently attached to star in the female role but left around the same time Universal passed on the project. Warners picked up the property and Downey soon slid right in.

Cuaron (“Children of Men,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) will direct and co-wrote the script with his son Jonas. Filming kicks off this Summer in London and Downey is expected to segue from this right into the ‘Holmes’ sequel which shoots this Fall in London.