Gravity finds George Clooney (The Descendants) as veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky, a witty, solid space jockey on his last flight before he hangs up his space suit. During the mission he keeps a eye on nervy Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), up for her first time to conduct experiments and work on the Hubble telescope. Whilst she’s not dealing with it so well, Kowalsky is the calm voice of reason and encouragement.
And he'll need to be, because tragedy strikes while they're out on an otherwise routine spacewalk and their shuttle is destroyed in a random accident. The pair soon finds themselves suddenly very much alone, tethered only to each other and floating off into the inky depths. There's no radio contact with Earth, and as panic sets in, they have to find a way to survive.
Cuarón first eyed Robert Downey Jr. and Angelina Jolie for the lead roles, but Jolie turned the project down in September 2010, followed by Natalie Portman, who also decided against making it, leading Bullock to take the part. Downey Jr. left the film in October 2010 due to scheduling conflicts, and Clooney took over the role in December that year.
With Basher Savage (World War Z) and, if recent reports are to believed, Ed Harris (Apollo 13) on board as the voice of Mission Control, Gravity sees Cuarón playing on a scale that swings from the grand to the intimate with what looks to be an astonishingly beautiful movie.
Gravity will be in UK cinemas on 8 November.