Natalie Portman to star in ‘Gravity’?

Natalie Portman to star in ‘Gravity’?

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’.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.