Natalie Portman in Active Negotiations for Cuaron’s Gravity

In an article about Jonas Cuaron’s latest script sale to Warner Bros. (Jonas is the son of Alfonso Cuaron; yes, it’s good to “know” famous people in Hollywood, just ask Will Smith’s, er, family), Heat Vision had this small blurb at the end about the progress on the elder Cuaron’s space/survival movie “Gravity”, which has been trying in vain to nab Angelina Jolie for the role and seems to have finally given up on that route:

The upshot is that the studio is in active negotiations with Natalie Portman, who has shot to the top of the most-wanted actress list off the heat generated from her performance in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.”

Portman was rumored to be in the running for the role along with Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively, but this is really the first time the words “active negotiations” has been attached to her involvement in the project.

I was gonna make some jokes about Portman being way too short to play an astronaut, but according to some quick Googling, NASA height requirements are 5’2″, and Portman is 5’3″, so, uh, technically I suppose she could play an astronaut. Still, one hopes Cuaron will be smart enough to not show her standing around in her bulky space suit among other astronauts, cause the result could be quite hilarious.

Then again, this is if Portman doesn’t end up playing Lois Lane in the “Superman” reboot as was previously rumored instead. If Darren Aronofsky lands the directing gig, who knows?

See? They even make NASA space suits in Natalie Portman's size!