Angelina Jolie has dropped out of the planned sequel to the 2008 action hit ‘Wanted’ to instead star in ‘Gravity,’ Vulture is reporting. Since the actress walked away from the project, Universal has decided not to go ahead with the film, instead of recasting the role of assassin Fox.
‘Wanted’ director Timur Bekmambetov was supposed to helm the sequel, based on a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos. James McAvoy was also slated to return as Wesley Gibson. Bekmambetov said that they’ve figured out away to bring Fox back, even though she died at the end of the first movie by a curving bullet.
Once Jolie finished shooting ‘The Tourist’ with Johnny Depp in Paris, it’s expected she will begin working on Warner Bros.’ ‘Gravity.’ The space thriller will be directed by Alfonso Cuarón, who has worked on ‘Children of Men’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.’ The script was written by Cuarón and his 28-year-old son, Jonás.
‘Gravity’ is rumored to be about the sole surviving member of a space mission, desperately trying to return home to Earth and her daughter. It will be produced by ‘Harry Potter’ franchise producer David Heyman and Legendary Pictures. ‘Gravity’ was originally supposed to be released by Universal, but studio officials thought it was “artistically challenging.”
Written by: Karen Benardello