Sandra Bullock Orbiting Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity

I guess we won’t be seeing the world’s shortest astronaut onscreen after all. The latest news on Alfonso Cuaron’s survival-in-space movie “Gravity” has Natalie Portman, recently rumored to be in talks for the role, dropping out due to the ever popular “scheduling conflict” and Sandra Bullock now in talks to take over the role that was previously supposed to be Angelina Jolie’s before she passed — twice.

Written by Cuaron and his son Jonas, “Gravity” would find Bullock playing a female astronaut stranded in space, trying to get back home to daughter after space debris wipes out her crew and space station. Robert Downey Jr. co-stars as the male lead, though the film is “Castaway”-ish, with Bullock’s character onscreen almost the entire time.

Which is probably why Cuaron and the studio were so hot to get Jolie in the role, and why I thought Portman would have been a terrible choice. Bullock, on the other hand, would make a fine replacement.

Sandra Bullock in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) Movie Image