Angelina Jolie passes on Gravity

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Angelina Jolie portrays the main character of this 2010 espionage thriller. After she's accused of being a Russian spy, CIA agent Evelyn Salt (Jolie) goes on the run, using all of her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Her efforts to prove her innocence only cast more doubt on her motives, however, and the hunt to uncover Salt's true identity continues. Liev Schreiber co-stars as fellow agent Ted Winter.
September 2nd, 2010

Angelina Jolie has passed up a leading role in 'Gravity'.

The 'Salt' actress was approached twice to take a leading role in the sci-fi movie - which tells the tale of a female astronaut attempting to make her way back to Earth after a satellite crashes and kills the crew of a space station - putting the future of the Alfonso Cuaron-directed film in jeopardy, Deadline.com reports.

Warner Bros, the studio behind the film, made a second attempt to cast Angelina after actresses including Natalie Portman, Carey Mulligan, Sandra Bullock, Sienna Miller and Scarlett Johansson were also approached or studio tested - Portman and Bullock are believed to be favoured alternatives.

Robert Downey Jr. is still attached to the project in a minor role, but the lead actress will take up the majority of the screen time, leading to Warner Bros being "in a bind" about the movie.

Angelina currently has numerous films coming up in the pipeline - as well as making her directorial debut in a romantic drama movie based around the Bosnian War, she is also lined-up for a role in 'Cleopatra' and the follow-up to 'Salt', which has so far grossed $244 million in cinemas worldwide.