George Clooney is the most recent star to sign onto ‘Gravity,’ is reporting. The Academy Award-winning actor is taking over the male lead role from Robert Downey, Jr., who was forced to drop out because of scheduling issues. The news comes after the female lead role saw several different castings as well; Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johannson and Natalie Portman were all on board before Sandra Bullock signed on.

‘Gravity,’ which is being helmed by ‘Children of Men’ director Alfonso Cuaron, will feature Clooney and Bullock as astronauts. Their characters are part of a space exploration team whose space station is destroyed during an accident. They’re the only two still alive, but are stranded in space without any means of contacting Earth. The film is expected to begin filming in the spring, after Clooney finishes directing ‘The Ides of March.’

Written by: Karen Benardello

George Clooney to Star in Gravity
George Clooney to Star in Gravity

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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