I’ve never been a fan of Sandra Bullock, the actress, but she does come across as a down to earth, kind person. There are those people in the acting profession (as with many others in the public eye) who seem more “real” or everyman people like you and me. So I’ll give her that; she has that quality. And maybe taking on a solo role in a movie set in space is just the ticket that would sell her (to me). Hollywood seems anxious to take advantage of the public support her personal circumstances have warranted - if we feel sorry for her will we go see her movies? Hell if I know.
Gravity was previously offered to Natalie Portman, someone who has made more of a serious actress name for herself than Bullock, despite Bullock having the Academy Award. And yet Portman doesn’t come across so approachable or down to earth, so it’s interesting that two such vastly different people should be offered the part. I suppose that’s mostly a commentary on the industry striking while the iron is hot more than perceptions of an actress’s ability. But lest we forget, Angelina Jolie was first up for the part and from there the trajectory has headed downward. (Mini diversion: Who is the better actress - Jolie or Portman?)
Alfonso Cuarón’s (Children of Men) Gravity chronicles an astronaut’s struggle as the lone survivor of a space station disaster. Desperate to get back to her daughter on Earth, the woman’s only contact is with a character played by Robert Downey Jr., but the majority of film will feature only the female lead. If for some reason Bullock declines, there are rumors of everyone from Naomi Watts to Blake Lively. That’s enough to give me space sickness.