In a Hollywood Reporter exclusive report last month came news that after an exhaustive search which apparently included a plan to cancel the entire project, George Clooney will now be replacing Robert Downey Jr. to co-star with Sandra Bullock in Warner Bros and upcoming 3D space thriller Gravity directed by the acclaimed Alfonso Cuaron (Pan’s Labyrinth). Downey was originally set to star with Angelina Jolie, later replaced by Bullock, in the film about “a female astronaut struggling to survive and trying to make it to Earth after a disaster in space” while Downey’s role was of “an astronaut who survives the space disaster alongside [the female astronaut]”.
With a reported revolving door of female stars attached to the project at one time or another in the last eight months, which included Angelina Jolie leaving the project more than once, while top line actresses like Marion Cotillard and Natalie Portman were considered for the part; Downey remained throughout until the studio finally settled on Sandra Bullock. Now George Clooney will fill the role, which Downey vacated in November for unpublicized reasons, after Clooney wraps production on a previous directorial commitment. The studios are aiming for a spring date to begin filming.