One would have to think Sandra Bullock is pretty thrilled to be a part of the upcoming space odyssey flick, Gravity. For one thing, her co-star is George Clooney, who everyone knows is, like, so dreamy. For another, the film is getting a ton of buzz within the industry and on social media. Analysts are projecting a huge $40 million opening weekend, while critics are talking Oscars (plural) and comparing the visuals to such groundbreaking works as 2001, Star Wars, and Avatar.
Unfortunately, the film’s producers and director, Alfonso Cuaron, weren’t that thrilled to have Sandra Bullock. Apparently she was not their first choice. Or their second, third, fourth, or fifth. Instead, Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock was their sixth choice. The part of “kinda-sexy-but-still-classy-and-smart female astronaut” was actually written for Angelina Jolie. When she couldn’t or wouldn’t do it, Warner Brothers tried Marion Cotillard, Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively, and Natalie Portman. And only then, when none of those ladies worked out, did they get Sandra.
Don’t feel sorry for Sandra, though. She’s already had a major hit this year with The Heat, and with the exception of Portman, who you’ll see in Thor 2 this November, none of those other women will be in a film as successful as Gravity in 2013. So Sandra’s ego will probably make a full recovery. [Via]