Gravity’ director defends casting Sandra Bullock after pressure for a male lead


You don’t usually see a woman in the lead role in a science fiction film. Sandra Bullock’s lead role as a medical engineer on her first space shuttle mission in the space thriller Gravity is a rare departure from the norm. Not everyone involved with the movie was happy with the decision, writer-director Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) said during a press conference at Comic-Con yesterday, especially since Bullock’s character is floating alone in space for the majority of the movie.

“When I finished the script, there were voices that were saying, ‘well, we should change it to a male lead,'” Cuarón said. “Obviously they were not powerful enough voices, because we got away with it. But the sad thing is that there is still that…

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