Sandra Bullock close to landing 'Gravity' for her first post-'Blind Side' role

Sandra-BullockImage Credit: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.comEW has confirmed that Sandra Bullock is within reach of snagging the lead in director Alfonso Cuarón’s sci-fi thriller Gravity, her first film since winning an Oscar for The Blind Side. (Deadline.com first reported the story.) Currently in negotiations for the part after Natalie Portman dropped out due to scheduling issues, Bullock would star opposite Robert Downey, Jr. as an astronaut on a remote space station who survives a disaster and must fight to return home to her daughter. (Cuarón also wrote the screenplay with his grown son Jonas.)

The role is reportedly a massive one, with Bullock the only actor on screen for long stretches of the film. It’s a curious choice; Bullock hasn’t done straight-forward science fiction since 1993’s Demolition Man. She had been reputedly circling the action comedy Most Wanted with Ryan Reynolds, and the 9/11 drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close with Tom Hanks, two movies that seem more obviously in her wheelhouse. With this film, however, she appears to be heeding the advice of Paul Haggis, her director in 2005’s Crash, from EW’s recent cover story on Bullock’s career: “I think she should do whatever scares her, whatever makes her really uncomfortable.”

What do you make of this choice, PopWatchers? Would you rather Bullock stick to more familiar territory? Or are you intrigued by her attempt to branch out into a new genre?

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  • W

    It was Jolie that backed out first! Come on, guys…

    • x-ramubay

      WTF? Ah you must be drunk. (Which is a lot kinder than saying you’re stupid, even though either would apply).

    • TARANTULA

      @larrydavid
      Are you on crack???
      You obviously are OBLIVIOUS on the subject of good acting.
      GET A LIFE, already! DUH!

    • morgan

      I didn’t think she deserved it either, over Meryl. But her speech made it all better.

      And you, calling Gabourey that fat chick, clearly have no understanding of who was even in the running, let alone say who you think should be the winner

    • Shane

      Never mind these obviously child-aged responses.
      Only to the very young and uneducated would Sandra’s TV Movie of the Week acting actually be considered “good” acting. That is actually pretty funny just to think of someone thinking that was good.
      Oscars are given out for many, many reasons. Anyone who pays attention to the horse race knows that. And anyone over the age of 30 knows Sandra has no discernible talent.

    • M.A. Tarpinian

      Traditionally and historically it is VERY VERY rare that Oscar goes home with a newbie….that does not discount the talents at all.BUT..there are many actors out there that have only ONE amazing performance in them ( Ive worked with enough to know)..there is a saying in Hollywood :you are only as good as your last film” and sadly for some their Oscar performance is the best and the last…..
      Films are steeped in tradition..a bit of “old” Hollywood is still very much alive and well……

  • whyyyy

    I’m still confused over why Angelina said no TWICE. wth? this seems like the perfect movie for her. Is it just me or is it odd that Jolie is trying to be a director now? It’s not like Salt bombed and she has no other movie options? She had what seems like this awesome movie and she’s directing some war movie in BOSNIA instead? SERIOUSLY?

    • fiona

      Maybe the shoot is taking place at a time she can’t wrangle? Maybe she’s genuinely curious about directing and feels like this is the time to start? I mean, Jolie’s not obligated to obey anybody’s career advice but her own — and, as you say, she’s still making hits, so maybe she’s doing a good job with her own decisions. On other words: Yes, seriously.

  • Jolie For Gravity

    Angelina was the best choice for this role, Warner should bring her back!

  • m1

    She needs to focus on garnering nominations to back up that EXTREMELY undeserving Oscar of hers.

    • mary q contrary

      Word.

      • G.

        I like Sandra. She was decent in Blind Side. But you cannot tell me that performance is equivalent to say Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose. A comparison just cannot be made.

        That being said, it’s nice to see her taking advantage of her newfound status and trying some daring stuff. The last thing she should do is go back to normal pictures. Switch it up!

      • m1

        @G.: I agree. She should focus on better material. She should do the Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close adaptation.

    • fiona

      Nobody has to “back up” an Oscar. Nicholas Cage has spent most of his post-“Leaving Las Vegas” time doing incredibly stupid genre pieces. Halle Berry’s first role post-“Monster’s Ball” was as a Bond girl. Winning an Oscar gives actors more freedom to choose their projects as they see fit, not less. And if you don’t like it, I’m sure she’s crying over it every night and losing sleep. Not.

  • dee123

    Maybe Angie knew something about this movie we don’t….

  • Chris

    lol deadline hollywood reported this first…at least they didn’t write this was an exclusive, but at least credit them when they got the story first, where’s the journalistic integrity?

  • solo

    whoopie, this story deserves another ew cover

  • P77

    Oh Thank God! Bullock is a MUCH better choice than the rumored Blake Lively or Scarlett Johansson. Not that I have anything against those two lovely actresses, but this obviously needed to have a more mature actress in the part, and not, well, a gossip girl. Jolie would’ve been perfect. Marion Cotillard would’ve been great. But this is a bit odd and I kind of like it. Sandra Bullock now has the freedom to move between genres, which I suppose she’s always had, but it’s never really been accepted. Haggis is right. If this scares her, she should jump right at it. And after that, if she does the 9/11 film with Hanks and Stephen Daldry directing, she’s going to add two very sophisticated knotches to her belt.

  • Topher

    Demolition Man, straight science fiction? Hardly.

    I love the movie, one of Stallone’s most entertaining but you can’t call a movie with “the three seashells, Rob Schnieder, Taco Bell winning the Fast Food Wars and Denis Leary leading an underground rebellion straight sci-fi. I’d say sci-fi comedy.

    Anyone who hasn’t seen Demolition Man, check it out. It came out right around the same time as Speed.

    • ackerman

      Franchise Wars, not Fast Food Wars. See how that makes it more science fictiony? =)

      And Demolition Man is science fiction. ‘Cause, you know, fiction. Why can’t comedy be fiction?

  • UGH

    This movie is officially ruined for me with her casting.
    Please.
    A recent scandal and an Oscar for a Lifetime Movie of the Week role shouldn’t get her in the door.

    • Amy

      no one’s good enough for RDJ. and while i respect sandra as a person, i’m definitely not the biggest fan of her acting.

    • shelbycheri

      @UGH – Yes I’m sure she loved to see the dissolution of her marriage play out for the world to see just so she could play an astronaut

  • graeme

    Love that Bullock is finally considering roles with good directors.

  • Brady

    Right now, I’ll be happy with anyone getting confirmed as the female lead in Gravity because I want to see this movie happen!

  • A-K87

    What kind of angle are they going with this?? Jolie, Portman and Bullock are TOTALLY different species when it comes to leading women. I can’t see Portman and Jolie realistically portraying an astronaut who is also a mum. I like the idea of Bullock though. I think she will surprise us all.

  • Keep’n It Real

    I’m shaking my head at these posts.

    Yes Meryl was great and she was deserved strong consideration for Best Actress, but she was also a co-lead actress in that movie. “Julie and Julia” doesn’t work WITHOUT Amy Adams’ performance. This said, Sandra clearly was the lead actress in Blindside and her portrayal of Mrs. Tuohy was fantastic. The movie is on HBO now and it’s still fun to watch her play in that role. Oh yeah…she also won a SAG and a Golden Globe for her role in Blindside, so everyone must be stupid.

  • A-K87

    Here are some suggestions based on the little I know about this project:
    Hillary Swank (Is she lacking the conventional beauty to open a big actioner?)
    Charlize Theron (Needs a meaty project and great screen presence.)
    Winona Ryder (Big Comeback??)
    Rachel Weisz (Just because I fancy her.)

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