Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is undoubtedly one of the best movies of all time. The movie won seven Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects. It grossed over $723 million worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing films of 2013. The movie featured actress Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone and the movie helped the actress in becoming popular among the newer generations.
Not many people know that Sandra Bullock was not the first preference as Angelina Jolie and Blake Lively almost got the life-changing role. Even Robert Downet Jr. was the first preference to play the male lead in the movie.
Sandra Bullock replaced Angelina Jolie in Gravity
Warner Bros. initially wanted actress Angelina Jolie to play Ryan Stone in the 2013 Sci-Fi/Thriller Gravity. For a very long time, the studios approached Jolie but a deal couldn’t be worked out and Jolie finally passed on the opportunity in the summer of 2010. Then the studios wanted actress Blake Lively to play the part but it didn’t work out as well. As per sources, Lively looked very young to play the role of a character who had a daughter in the movie.
Then they approached Natalie Portman as they loved her performance in Black Swan but due to her pregnancy and break from acting, she declined as well. Finally, Sandra Bullock came to their rescue.
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George Clooney replaced Robert Downey Jr.
With Sandra Bullock’s part secured, the studios were now worried about the male lead. Actor Rober Downey Jr. was the first preference and he was all set to play the part, however, the actor was forced to leave the project as he had made commitments to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He was working on The Avengers and Iron Man 3 at the time, leaving the studios empty-handed once again.
The studios then managed to hire George Clooney, who had a schedule that was perfect for the filming. Their patience and hard work paid off as Gravity was a massive hit.
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Gravity won seven Academy Awards
The movie has been credited for popularizing the science fiction genre and inspiring millions of people into exploring outer space. Gravity grossed over $723 million worldwide and became one of the highest-grossing films of 2013. It received a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an average score of 9.2/10 on IMDb.
Apart from the Academy Awards, the movie also won six BAFTA Awards, including Best Director and Best British Film. The use of technology and visual effects were praised by viewers all over the world.
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