George Clooney signs on for sci-fi Gravity

Replacing Robert Downey Jr.

Gravity

Alfonso Cuaron’s troubled Gravity hasn’t been too far away from the headlines all year, what with numerous casting drop-outs and replacements getting reported.

Today brings news that George Clooney has been hired to take on the lead male role in the sci-fi, replacing Robert Downey Jr.

Downey was forced to leave the project after months of being attached thanks to his ridiculously busy schedule – there’s only so much one man can do, after all.

Clooney will star opposite Sandra Bullock, who is playing the part of a female astronaut who gets lost in space after her space station blows up. Angelina Jolie was originally attached to the role.

Shooting on Cuaron’s ambitious-sounding film will finally kick off in spring after Clooney has finished up work on The Ides Of March, his adap of play Farragut North.

Considering how different Clooney and Downey are as actors – charisma aside – it’ll be interesting to see if and how the role is changed by the silver fox.

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