Rocket! She's Taking a Rocket!
Gravity, Alfonso Cuarson's sci-fi follow-up to Children of Men, has been in pre-production for a while now, losing a star in Angelina Jolie, gaining one in Robert Downey Jr., so on and so forth. Now it's apparently down to two names for the central role of a female astronaut (astronette?) stranded in space and determined to get back home to her daughter.
In one corner, we have Blake Lively, the go-to girl of late for Warner Brothers (The Town, The Green Lantern). In the other, we have RDJ's Iron Man 2 co-star, Scarlett Johansson. At 22 and 25, respectively, I have trouble buying that either would be a mother with a kid back on Earth. Jolie, though, at 35? No problem. It's too bad that she's too costly.
THR also mentions that Marion Cotillard (Inception) tested for the part. I could see her playing opposite Downey Jr. Who else, though...?
(Fuck it -- I say Tina Fey, with RDJ as Astronaut Mike Dexter. Ticket? SOLD.)