After what has seemed like years of pre-production and monster casting troubles — Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman and Robert Downey Jr. all attached, then pulled out of the project — we’re finally getting plot details on Alfonso Cuarón‘s sci-fi thriller Gravity. According to JoBlo, Warner Bros. just released the synopsis for the film and if you’ve been waiting as long as I have for this information, don’t waste any time and read it below:
Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.
The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.
But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
It doesn’t provide much more than we already now, but the “deafening silence” part matches up with our next bit. Bullock also recently sat down with MTV News‘ Josh Horowitz during promotion for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, where she gave audiences some information on Gravity. The actress stated that the film is “extraordinary” and that the technology will “blow your mind.” Here’s a little snippet of her thoughts on the tone of the film:
“It is going to be so profoundly silent and big and loud. I don’t know how to explain it, because I have never seen anything like it. I never experienced anything like it. There are no words in my mental dictionary that can describe what this experience was, but once you see it, you’re, you’re just going to be like, ‘Oh my f—ing God.’ “
She also shed light on her character’s isolation in space, as well as her time working on the set and the rig she spent several days in while shooting. She joked stating, “I never had a human being to interact with until [Clooney] showed up, and when he left, it was like the great vacuum. It was isolation like I had never experienced in my life.”
This project is panning out to be very time consuming and ambitious. Several rumors have indicated that Cuarón plans on doing the film in multiple shots, possible one. The film will also be in 3D, which would normally bother me, but with an experiment this large in scale, it only makes sense. I’m a big fan of Cuarón‘s work, which leads me to believe that Gravity will be something definitely worth seeing. Check out Bullock’s interview below.
Gravity arrives on November 21st, 2012.
Do you plan on seeing Gravity now that you know the plot?
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