Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity debuted this weekend with a record-breaking $55.6 million in North America, making it the biggest opening for stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and beating out other October titleholders like Paranormal Activity 3 ($52.6 in 2011). We're still talking about the space thriller around the Movies.com office and wanted to share a few goodies that venture a little deeper into the film about two astronauts who fight to survive an accident that leaves them floating in space.
We have a clip in which Alfonso Cuarón narrates a scene from his film. The shot was constructed in a single take. The director explains that he's been exploring this style in his past few films, but in this particular case, he wanted to mimic the perception of space documentaries — like the Hubble 3D
film, which we also feature, below. Honoring the single-take style immerses audiences in the vastness of the environment and the constant action that follows. Cuarón wanted viewers to feel as though they were a third character, adrift with the astronauts.
Watching this trailer for Hubble 3D, we definitely feel the influence of the IMAX movie on Cuarón's Gravity. Seven astronauts were sent into space on a Hubble space telescope repair mission. The onboard IMAX camera captured the project in fascinating detail as the astronauts traveled over 17,000 miles per hour to secure our view into distant galaxies.
Lastly, we wanted to draw your attention to these preproduction casting decisions that never panned out, courtesy of Cinema Blend. Can you picture Angelina Jolie in the role of engineer Dr. Ryan Stone instead of Sandra Bullock? We're having a hard time, but the Tomb Raider actress was the filmmaker's top pick for the role. Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. almost nabbed Clooney's role as astronaut Matt Kowalski. "It was very clear that the technology we were going to use — it was not the most compatible thing for what Robert is the best at. That is, he takes one scene and he just starts riffing. And because of the technology that we use, it's pretty much limited. We have to preprogram the film before shooting," Cuarón explained. Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and other A-listers were also contenders. Visit Cinema Blend to find out more, but in the meantime, check out these clips.
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