George Clooney replaces Robert Downey Jr. in Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’

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George Clooney is set to star in Alfonso Cuaron’s latest flick, Gravity, that has been met by actor musical chairs in the past year. Clooney is replacing Robert Downey Jr. who was recently announced to have signed on opposite Sandra Bullock. Downey Jr. was attached to the film for quite a long time, but left the production soon after Bullock was cast as the female lead.

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 12: Oscar-nominated actor, screen-writer and director George Clooney answers reporters' questions after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House October 12, 2010 in Washington, DC. Clooney and human rights activist and co-founder of the Enough Project John Prendergast met with Obama to discuss their recent trip to Sudan and the threat there of a war ahead of a referendum election. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The film initially had Downey Jr. and Angelina Jolie as the stars of the film, however, Jolie was then detached from the role and a number of other actresses circled the script. Natalie Portman, Marion Cotillard, and Scarlett Johansson all reportedly became involved with the film in the past eight months — none of them signed on.

Clooney will play an astronaut who lives through a disaster in space. Production should begin in the spring with David Heyman (magical producer of the Harry Potter series).

It’s astonishing to see so many actors — especially great female ones — circle this film. Cuaron is well respected in the Hollywood community and an incredible visionary artist. To see the film being met with interest and quickly turned away by a number of actors is disturbing. This could be an inclination that the script or vision is not as appealing when delved into deeply.

Also, the casting of Bullock is met with much hesitation. Her Oscar-winning turn in The Blind Side was not so Oscar-worthy and was only awarded because of the press (whether you want to believe it or not). This will definitely be a different experience for the actress and her fans, but many aren’t entirely convinced she could handle such a feat.

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