The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Natalie Portman has been formally offered the lead role in ‘Gravity’, the new film co-written by Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron which will be directed by Alfonso Cuaron.
The film has an estimated budget of $80 million and is centred on a woman stranded in space desperately seeking a way to return to earth. Robert Downy Junior has previously been formally announced to star however the film is largely devoted to the female lead.
Angelina Jolie had been previously pursued for the role however was reluctant to commit, Natalie Portman’s performance in Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’ impressed Alfonso Cuaron and Warner Bros. enough that they approved of an offer without requiring a screen test.
‘Gravity’ is due to begin principal photography in January 2011, with a release for sometime in 2012 and will be Alfonso Cuaron’s first directorial work on a film since ‘The Shock Doctrine’ and ‘The Possibility of Hope’ both being released in 2007.
Alfonso has some excellent films attached to his name including ‘Children of Men’ and what I personally view as the best in the Harry Potter series so far being ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’.