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Natalie Portman to replace Angelina Jolie in Gravity?

Sep. 7, 2010by: Mike Sampson

Like THE WRESTLER before it, Darren Aronofsky's BLACK SWAN has opened to mix reviews on the film itself but rave reviews for its lead actor. As Mickey Rourke became the frontrunner for the Oscar after playing Randy The Ram (he would later lose to Sean Penn for MILK), so has Natalie Portman become the frontrunner for the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in SWAN. And like Rourke, Portman's performance in Aronofsky's film has brought with it a ton of new offers.

After SWAN opened the Venice Film Festival and later screened at Telluride, word got out that Terrence Malick and Tom Stoppard were both writing parts for Portman in their latest projects. But it's another possibility that seems the most interested. Alfonso Cuaron, who has found difficulty finding a female lead for his ambitious 3D space epic GRAVITY, has officially offered the role to Portman after catching a screening of BLACK SWAN.

Cuaron had been in talks with Angelina Jolie to co-star with Robert Downey, Jr. (who plays a smaller, supporting role) but she recently dropped out after "creative differences." A number of actresses had tested for the part, including Blake Lively and Scarlett Johansson, but Cuaron was able to convince Warner Bros. to offer Portman the part without audition or testing.

While Portman is one of the few actresses with the (no pun intended) gravity to pull off the part, it'd mark a transition for her as she'd be playing a mom for the first time (excluding the teen pregnancy drama WHERE THE HEART IS and the last moments of REVENGE OF THE SITH). For now, Portman is considering the option but reportedly hasn't even read the latest draft of the script yet. If she passes it'd be another blow for GRAVITY, a film that many thought wouldn't survive the departure of Jolie.

Extra Tidbit: Portman has three films hitting theaters in the first six months of 2010.
Source: THR

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8:08PM on 09/07/2010
I think she´s better suited than Jolie.. Dying to see Black Swan!!
I think she´s better suited than Jolie.. Dying to see Black Swan!!
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6:23PM on 09/07/2010
Extra Tidbit, I'm guessing you mean 2011? Anyway, this should be a great film if she gets cast.
Extra Tidbit, I'm guessing you mean 2011? Anyway, this should be a great film if she gets cast.
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4:41PM on 09/07/2010
Love Natalie and I would really like this if it actually happened. I don't know if I'd really love Portman for this, but I suppose Portman in Gravity is far better than no Gravity. Besides, its not like she lacks the acting muscles.
Love Natalie and I would really like this if it actually happened. I don't know if I'd really love Portman for this, but I suppose Portman in Gravity is far better than no Gravity. Besides, its not like she lacks the acting muscles.
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4:37PM on 09/07/2010

Much better than Jolie

I would much rather see Portman in this role...I'm actually very glad that Jolie vacated it
I would much rather see Portman in this role...I'm actually very glad that Jolie vacated it
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4:07PM on 09/07/2010
Any Natalie Portman is good Natalie Portman.
Any Natalie Portman is good Natalie Portman.
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3:27PM on 09/07/2010

Yeah, Brothers!

That was a pretty decent drama. Can't forget Natalie as a mom in that one.
That was a pretty decent drama. Can't forget Natalie as a mom in that one.
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3:03PM on 09/07/2010
She might as well ride out this wave of acclaim she's on. She's done some solid work in the past and I'm sure she'll do some more in the future.
She might as well ride out this wave of acclaim she's on. She's done some solid work in the past and I'm sure she'll do some more in the future.
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2:32PM on 09/07/2010

NATALIE HATERS ARE RETARDED..

Wow, I seriously question some of your tastes, she's a fantastic actress and is one of the most beautiful women on the planet.
Wow, I seriously question some of your tastes, she's a fantastic actress and is one of the most beautiful women on the planet.
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1:55PM on 09/07/2010

More Natalie Please!

I lose control of my extremities when I see pictures of NP. That's right I love her.
I lose control of my extremities when I see pictures of NP. That's right I love her.
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1:02PM on 09/07/2010
She's still my favorite rapper.
She's still my favorite rapper.
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12:42PM on 09/07/2010
Please let this happen!
Please let this happen!
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12:19PM on 09/07/2010
As long as this is still on track, I really don't mind Portman. My new choice was Angela Basset. Still gorgeous and her age and build are believable for an astronaut.
As long as this is still on track, I really don't mind Portman. My new choice was Angela Basset. Still gorgeous and her age and build are believable for an astronaut.
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11:42AM on 09/07/2010

I heard Rachel Weisz was also in consideration.


She would have been a great choice, but I'm totally down with Portman.

Angelina Jolie is too overexposed, every time I see her in a film now I don't see the character she's playing, I just see Angelina Jolie - the celebrity.

She would have been a great choice, but I'm totally down with Portman.

Angelina Jolie is too overexposed, every time I see her in a film now I don't see the character she's playing, I just see Angelina Jolie - the celebrity.
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11:41AM on 09/07/2010
Anything Portman is in, I'll see.
Anything Portman is in, I'll see.
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11:05AM on 09/07/2010
Not that I need anything else to make me really look forward to Gravity. But if I would, this would be it.
Not that I need anything else to make me really look forward to Gravity. But if I would, this would be it.
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10:01AM on 09/07/2010

Oh hooray

The Vanilla Queen returns...yet again...to thrill us with her one-dimensional acting lack of flavor. I can't even believe the waifish Portman as an astronaut. She never provides enough depth in her roles.
Either she is somber, sullen, shy or stand-offish. Show me some charisma and I may change my tune.

Oh yeah...I'm not a big fan if you can't tell.
The Vanilla Queen returns...yet again...to thrill us with her one-dimensional acting lack of flavor. I can't even believe the waifish Portman as an astronaut. She never provides enough depth in her roles.
Either she is somber, sullen, shy or stand-offish. Show me some charisma and I may change my tune.

Oh yeah...I'm not a big fan if you can't tell.
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9:55AM on 09/07/2010
UPGRADE!
UPGRADE!
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9:44AM on 09/07/2010

YES YES YES YES!

My title says it all. Perfect for a role like this.
My title says it all. Perfect for a role like this.
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9:18AM on 09/07/2010

Portman has been a Mom

You evidently haven't seen Portman as a mother of 2 in the 2009 Jim Sheridan-remake, "Brothers", also starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal.
You evidently haven't seen Portman as a mother of 2 in the 2009 Jim Sheridan-remake, "Brothers", also starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal.
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9:15AM on 09/07/2010
Great news. One of the actresses I was hoping for to get the part when the whole list was mentioned a couple of days ago. I think this movie would be great for Portman and would be interesting to see Downey Jr and Portman bounce off one another.
Great news. One of the actresses I was hoping for to get the part when the whole list was mentioned a couple of days ago. I think this movie would be great for Portman and would be interesting to see Downey Jr and Portman bounce off one another.
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