Since summer, there have been reports of the lead role of Gravity going to Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson (with competition from Blake Lively), offers to Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman, and most recently Sandra Bullock. Now, Robert Downey Jr., the first actor to join the cast, in a supporting role, is likely to step now. New York Magazine was already worrying in September if Jolie’s departure from the project had effectively killed the project, but there has been new coverage from the LA Times reports:
Over the last few days, the talk in Hollywood circles has been that all the casting issues, as well as budgetary concerns for the effects-heavy movie, were causing Warner Bros. to put the film on hold. One person who had been briefed on the project but asked not to be identified because the conversations were private said that studio officials had told him the project was headed to the shelf.
Reached by phone, the Warner Bros. executive in charge of production said that, despite the casting issues and the other talk, the film remains on track. “We love this movie, and we’re going to find a way to make it,” Lynn Harris, executive vice president of production, told 24 Frames.
Harris said there were “four or five scenarios” for how to make the movie but said none involved cutting the budget or replacing Bullock. Harris did not disclose the budget, but Hollywood observers estimate it to be in the ballpark of $75 million.