Last time we checked, Blake Lively and Scarlett Johansson were duking it out for the lead in director Alfonso Cuaron's upcoming space thriller, with co-star Robert Downey Jr. But a late push to get Angelina Jolie on board has failed, putting the film in jeopardy.
Jolie turned down the role in "Gravity," about a woman attempting to make her way back to her child on Earth after a satellite crash sets off a chain reaction of further crashes, ages ago.
This sent Cuaron on a quest that led him to consider pretty much every woman in Hollywood hot and/or famous enough to open an $80 million film set in outer space: Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Marion Cotillard, Naomi Watts, Carey Mulligan, Scarlett Johansson, Sienna Miller, Abbie Cornish, Rebecca Hall, Olivia Wilde, Blake Lively...
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Eventually they whittled the field down to Lively and ScarJo, but then Warner Bros. got a panicky at the thought of having an unproven box-office attraction on screen for virtually the entirety of a 2-hour plus film with a 20-minute opening shot set in zero-gravity that will be 60% CGI. So they made a late push for Jolie, who said "No" yet again, reported Deadline.
Now Warners is reconsidering the whole thing. Which is too bad, because Cuaron's a proven visionary, Robert Downey Jr has a small role, but is a proven draw and the story sounds great.
And in a world where someone's willing to put up $200 million to have Rihanna star in a movie based on the board game "Battleship," spending $80 million to send Blake Lively floating through space for two hours seems ike a perfectly reasonable gamble.
While the studio tries s to sort out this miss, you can catch Jolie in "Salt," which wasn't half bad, or catch Lively in "The Town," out Sept. 17.