The see-saw has tilted once again as Sandra Bullock has begun negotiations to star in the $80 million sci-fi thriller “Gravity” for Warner Bros. Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.
Set during an orbital repair mission, the story follows a female astronaut who must survive a solitary ordeal after an exploded satellite wipes out the rest of the crew. Robert Downey Jr. also stars while Alfonso Cuaron (“Children of Men”) directs from a script he co-wrote with his son Jonas.
After Angelina Jolie passed twice on the project, Bullock’s name emerged as the candidate the studio wanted for the lead character. Cuaron however was keen on Natalie Portman who had considered the project and had begun “active negotiations” early last week.
However the talks didn’t work out and Portman has officially passed on the project, leading to the studio quickly pushing Bullock into talks. Marion Cotillard, Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively have also been linked at one point or another.
The studio is keen to get moving on the project to fit it in during a gap in Downey’s crowded schedule.