Natalie Portman in “final negotiations” for GRAVITY

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
September 29th, 2010

After being passed over, not once, but twice, by Angelina Jolie, it looks like Natalie Portman may save the upcoming Alfonso Cuaron film, GRAVITY.

THRis reporting that the actress is in “final negotiations” to take the lead role in the hotly anticipated sci-fi epic, leaving studio choice Sandra Bullock in the wind. 

According to reports, the film will receive an $80 million budget, and will feature a 20 minute, single shot opening scene, all in a film that will be comprised of 60% CGI. The film will also star Robert Downey Jr., and is currently set up at WB, but it’s without a potential release date. GRAVITY is slated to shoot sometime in 2011, and with this casting announcement, that does look more and more likely.

Over the past few weeks, the film has seemed to fall completely into development hell, but this is the first real sign of hope, which is always good to hear. Cuaron is a masterful filmmaker, and the idea of him taking on a true sci-fi film is just too good to pass up. Toss in Portman, a fantastic actress, and this film is one I can’t wait to check out.

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