Alfonso Cuaron‘s sci-fi feature Gravity is easily one of my most anticipated films of 2012. The movie, which is Cuaron’s first since Children of Men, centers on “a female astronaut (played by Sandra Bullock) stranded on a space station after satellite debris slams into it and wipes out the rest of the crew.” She then has to find a way to return home. George Clooney plays a fellow astronaut who only features in the first act, but his role is reportedly “pivotal”. Cloooney provided some brief elaboration to USA Today on his role, explaining his and Bullock’s characters “are tethered together, floating through space.”
Clooney also spoke about the challenges in the script (there’s reportedly very little dialogue) and about his first time starring in a 3D movie. Hit the jump for what he had to say. Gravity opens November 21, 2012.
Clooney explained to USA Today that audiences should go in to Gravity expecting a serious sci-fi movie and not an action flick:
“It’s a two-hander with only two actors in the whole film,” he says. “It is a very odd film, really. Two people in space. No monsters. It’s more like [2001: A Space Odyssey] than an action film.”
However, if you’re excited about the prospect of 3D Clooney, Gravity may be your only chance to see him in the format. “It is the first time I’ve been in 3-D,” says Clooney, “and hopefully, the last time.” However, he could end up changing his mind when he sees the final product. “It’s not near ready yet,” says Clooney. “They just showed the first cut to the studio.”