Jolie passes on Gravity again
Angelina Jolie passed up on the chance to lead Alfonso Cuarón's upcoming film Gravity and so the film went looking for another strong female lead. Originally the story was going to show a female astronaut surviving a terrible accident in space and heading home to Earth on her own, kind of like the idea of Moon and Castaway focusing for the most part on the single character lead.
When Jolie left we heard that Robert Downey Jr. was joining the film and they were looking for a new strong female lead, word came that this was Blake Lively, but what seems to have been happening in the background was that Jolie was getting another offer.
Gravity was first pitched to Angelina Jolie when it was over at Universal and word was that she was interested in Alfonso Cuarón's ideas for the film. However when it moved to Warner Bros. she decided not to do it, I don't know if those two facts are connected or not, so the production went in search of another lead.
Now it's here that I lost a great deal of interest in the film, for the original idea was the woman on the return journey all on her own, and the thought of Jolie holding that dramatic performance together and commanding the screen on nothing more than her acting was interesting. Except the next piece of casting suggested things were changing.
With Robert Downey Jr. on board and the film looking like it was going to be a joint lead I felt it lost a bit of the uniqueness, even if people had been comparing it to Moon (Filmstalker review). So the choices were varied, and rumour had it that Blake Lively was set to take the role, which I thought was a strong choice.
Deadline Hollywood Daily say that the studio had tested a number of actresses for the role, including Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, Carey Mulligan, Scarlett Johansson, Sienna Miller, Abbie Cornish, Rebecca Hall, Olivia Wilde, Blake Lively.
However it seems that none of them fit the bill and they asked Angelina Jolie a second time, something we're just hearing about, and she turned it down, again.
The good news is that the story wasn't taking a big change, the intention was always for the female role to lead the film and Downey Jr. will only play a comparatively small role in the film.
Firstly it's a bit of an insult to all those female actresses to say that they couldn't carry the film and that Angelina Jolie is the only one don't you think? She is a great actress but is she the only one that could lead the film? Are there not any strong female actresses out there?
What about Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts or Rebecca Hall? Aren't they good enough? While I do think it's a shame that they can't get Jolie these are all excellent choices and there's many more out there.