Nominee for Actress in a Leading Role Sandra Bullock arrives at the 82nd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California on March 07, 2010. AFP PHOTO Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Michael Lewis about Michael Ohr, and his climb from illiterate homeless teen to one of the most recruited high school football players in the country, as told through the eyes of Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock.
The film calls for a strong lead actress who will be on screen for almost all of the 2-hour-plus film about a woman struggling to get back to her child on Earth after an accident leaves her space station crippled. Robert Downey Jr. has already signed on for a secondary role.
Considering that "Gravity" casting conundrum has been a hot topic among movie obsessives, this seems like an odd way for this news to get out.
We were pulling for Lively for a while there, having been knocked out by her work in "The Town." Bullock at first blush is a safe choice, but one has to wonder if the same audience that pushed "The Proposal" and "The Blind Side" past the $200-million mark will rush out to see an effects-heavy movie about a woman floating in space.