Alfonso Cuaron’s upcoming film Gravity continues to have a hard time with casting. The biggest shake up to date has been the merry-go-round of actresses who have been attached to play the lead role. We’ve gone from Angelina Jolie to Natalie Portman to now Sandra Bullock. The one element of consistency came from the lead male actor, Robert Downey Jr. who now according to a report from Deadline, might be existing the project. Damn! Damn!! Damn!!!
Gravity will be a 3D tale that centers on a woman stranded on a space station after satellite debris slams into it and wipes out the rest of the crew. Robert Downey Jr. previously signed on to star in a supporting role and now that the studio has given Cuaron the green light to direct the $80 million project.
Mike Fleming’s sources claim that Downey will exit the film due to scheduling conflicts even though Warner Bros has yet to confirm the news. They say that they still have regular contact with the actor and are optimistic about working out a plan that can accommodate everyone. Bullock is also lobbying for the actor to stay on board, because him leaving would be a huge blow to the film.
According to Fleming’s breakdown Downey’s schedule looks a little something like this:
First, he was going to shoot Gravity and then start Sherlock Holmes 2. Uncertainty over the actress changed that, and he was going to start Sherlock Holmes 2, break to do Gravity, and then return to England. But these delays have taken a toll for Downey, who needs to focus soon on The Avengers, and then Iron Man 3.
Downey’s plate is certainly full, and with The Avengers starting production in February we’re not sure when he’ll find the time to fit it in.
Do you think Downey can make it work?