Posted on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 by Russ Fischer
If you’ve been following along with the news about Alfonso Cuarón‘s gestating space thriller Gravity, you might be a bit confused by this headline. Angelina Jolie had been courted to star in the film, but passed on it way back in February. That has led to months of screen tests and discussions with other actresses. But Warner Bros. really wanted Jolie. Because without someone with her pull, spending $80m on an esoteric space movie with a female lead who is onscreen along for much of the time evidently seems like too much of a risk.
Now Jolie has passed again, so what will happen to the movie?
Deadline says that after Jolie first said no, Warner Bros. and Alfonso Cuarón tested and met with a wide range of actresses including Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Marion Cotillard, Naomi Watts, Carey Mulligan, Scarlett Johansson, Sienna Miller, Abbie Cornish, Rebecca Hall, Olivia Wilde, and Blake Lively. In other words: just about everyone of a certain age who has some sort of a widely recognizable name, and several who don’t.
(Last time we reported on the film it was when Blake Lively and Scarlett Johansson seemed like the most likely candidates.)
But WB went back to Jolie with a more impressive offer, and she still passed. Remember that she’s working on her own writing and directing debut, and that GK Films is building more projects around her, like the remake of UK TV miniseries Unforgiven. Gravity isn’t scheduled until next year, but Jolie may not have time, or she may simply not like the script.
So what happens now? Does WB downscale the budget for the film and go with an actress who seems like a reasonable bet to carry the downsized film? Can the budget be cut? Gravity has loads of CGI, as the bullet points below, taken from info on the film from UK effects company Framestore, will illustrate.