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Angelina Jolie passes on Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, film now in danger of falling apart?

09.02.2010
Again?

Way back in February of this year, New York Magazine's Vulture reported that Angelina Jolie would not be returning for WANTED 2, leaving it by the wayside to instead jump aboard Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi space thriller GRAVITY back when it was at Universal. That news, however, was soon amended when Entertainment Weekly updated the report, saying that Jolie had in fact passed on Cuaron's film and was still actively looking for what her next project would be.

Since then, GRAVITY has moved to its new home at Warner Bros. and apparently loads of Hollywood leading ladies have either tested or been approached for the film's primary role. They've included such names as Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, Carey Mulligan, Scarlett Johansson, Sienna Miller, Abbie Cornish, Rebecca Hall, Olivia Wilde, and Blake Lively.

Today, Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. has made a new pitch to Jolie, but that again the actress has turned down the offer. It's not explicitly said why Jolie said no, but the fact is that the actress is about to get knee-deep in her Bosnian War-set love story which will mark her directorial debut from a script she herself wrote.

Here's Deadline's Mike Fleming with a quick summary of GRAVITY: "[The film] is set on a remote space station. While a team leader (Downey) and a female colleague are traveling outside, the other team members get wiped out by a debris field from an exploding satellite. The film's central focus is the heroine's desperate attempt to return home to her child."

So, now WB is feeling pressure and the film is apparently in jeopardy. The studio needs an actress with screen presence and that can draw an audience to an $80 million film. Warners obviously believes in the material if they're gonna be falling over themselves to approach so many actresses, but they're also understandably trying to protect their potential investment. With the female lead evidently the sole person we see on screen for the majority of the film (Robert Downey Jr.'s screen time is comparatively much smaller), their trepidation makes sense.

So what happens now? Will the budget be cut to accommodate a lesser marquee name? Will the project be stalled until an A-Lister can be secured? What will this mean for Cuaron and his involvement should the film be indefinitely put on hold? Too many questions, but let's hope this one gets resolved well and soon.
Extra Tidbit: GRAVITY was scripted by Cuaron and his son Jonas.
Source: Deadline

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8:49AM on 09/03/2010

GOOD

Jolie can bugger off, this proves her foolishness, ditchin a Cuaron project is giving up a chance to be in a probably great film. To do what? SALT 2? The dude has enough weight and enough friends to get the finance for this project no doubt. just hope it happens sooner rather than later
Jolie can bugger off, this proves her foolishness, ditchin a Cuaron project is giving up a chance to be in a probably great film. To do what? SALT 2? The dude has enough weight and enough friends to get the finance for this project no doubt. just hope it happens sooner rather than later
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7:27PM on 09/02/2010
Why not switch the roles and let Downey Jr. take the main role. I'd much rather see him in the main role compared to them trying to find a "money" actress.
Why not switch the roles and let Downey Jr. take the main role. I'd much rather see him in the main role compared to them trying to find a "money" actress.
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1:33PM on 09/02/2010

Ok Cast This..

Ok i just solved this movies problem i think. So forget scr jo and blake lively and all those actresses that were wanting this role. Alfonso Cuaron is a genius and there acting skill wouldnt be good enough for this film. they are good actresses just not for this. How about(drum role please)...Noomi Rapace!! I can just see her in this thing and look at her role she played in the Girl Who...Trilogy she was absolutley fantasic. Any one else agree with me on this??
Ok i just solved this movies problem i think. So forget scr jo and blake lively and all those actresses that were wanting this role. Alfonso Cuaron is a genius and there acting skill wouldnt be good enough for this film. they are good actresses just not for this. How about(drum role please)...Noomi Rapace!! I can just see her in this thing and look at her role she played in the Girl Who...Trilogy she was absolutley fantasic. Any one else agree with me on this??
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12:57PM on 09/02/2010
The movie sounds great and could potentially be the next sci-fi hit/mind fucker, so hearing this movie being delayed sucks. The only names mentioned above who I think could excel is this are Portman and Cotillard. Other than that everyone else seems off or too young. They already have half the popularity with Downey Jr. now they just need the female portion.
The movie sounds great and could potentially be the next sci-fi hit/mind fucker, so hearing this movie being delayed sucks. The only names mentioned above who I think could excel is this are Portman and Cotillard. Other than that everyone else seems off or too young. They already have half the popularity with Downey Jr. now they just need the female portion.
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12:55PM on 09/02/2010
Cuaron is a visionary. Children of men is proof of that.

I'm glad Miss Female Assasin isnt part of this.
Cuaron is a visionary. Children of men is proof of that.

I'm glad Miss Female Assasin isnt part of this.
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12:34PM on 09/02/2010
I'll agree with who posted that Marion Cotillard would be excellent in this. And Cuaron is fanstastic so no doubt this film will be a great watch
I'll agree with who posted that Marion Cotillard would be excellent in this. And Cuaron is fanstastic so no doubt this film will be a great watch
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12:18PM on 09/02/2010
Yeah, I'll see this regardless, too. Cuaron is excellent.
Yeah, I'll see this regardless, too. Cuaron is excellent.
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9:42AM on 09/02/2010

Children of Men

i'll also see this regardless who they cast because if it's anywhere close to how amazing Children of Men was, this could be a masterpiece. Plus I need to see this 20-minute opening shot I keep hearing about!

Everyone talks about the long car shot in CoM but people need to notice how long the shot lasts when Clive Owen tries to find Key in a building being blasted by tanks. It blows my mind every time. Cauron is a genius film-maker.
i'll also see this regardless who they cast because if it's anywhere close to how amazing Children of Men was, this could be a masterpiece. Plus I need to see this 20-minute opening shot I keep hearing about!

Everyone talks about the long car shot in CoM but people need to notice how long the shot lasts when Clive Owen tries to find Key in a building being blasted by tanks. It blows my mind every time. Cauron is a genius film-maker.
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9:09AM on 09/02/2010
I would see this movie regardless of who they cast.
I would see this movie regardless of who they cast.
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8:38AM on 09/02/2010
Oh come ON. Lets get this made. There are plenty of actors who would be great in the roll. And Angelina's involvement was never a big selling point for me anyway. I guess Cuaraon was the ONLY real selling point.
Oh come ON. Lets get this made. There are plenty of actors who would be great in the roll. And Angelina's involvement was never a big selling point for me anyway. I guess Cuaraon was the ONLY real selling point.
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8:36AM on 09/02/2010

Of all those names....

Marion gets my vote. I love Jolie but Marion would be the next best choice.
Marion gets my vote. I love Jolie but Marion would be the next best choice.
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7:53AM on 09/02/2010
Sounds like I could be a good movie, I hope it still gets made. I can understand their hesitation about choosing another actress, though. Jolie brings in audiences based on her name alone like few women in Hollywood can.
Sounds like I could be a good movie, I hope it still gets made. I can understand their hesitation about choosing another actress, though. Jolie brings in audiences based on her name alone like few women in Hollywood can.
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6:16AM on 09/02/2010

my picks..

Nicole Kidman
Charlize Theron
Jodie Forster

And Jada Pinkett-Smith: Mainly because I watched a re-run of Set-It-Off recently, and judging from the plot I know she can handle the role.
Nicole Kidman
Charlize Theron
Jodie Forster

And Jada Pinkett-Smith: Mainly because I watched a re-run of Set-It-Off recently, and judging from the plot I know she can handle the role.
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