Coming Soon From the Maker of Children of Men

[UPDATE: Apparently the "scoop" that I shared below may not be such a scoop after all. Here's the latest.]

Ever since Alfonso Cuarón directed A Little Princess, I’ve been excited about his work. Since then, he’s given us Y Tu Mama Tambien, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (my favorite of the series), and Children of Men… all impressive in certain ways. I can’t wait to see what he does next.

So today’s news at /FILM is intriguing…

Jolie left Wanted 2 to star in Alfonso Cuarón’s space thriller titled Gravity. Okay, let me give you guys a minute to catch your breath and calm down, I know this is all coming a bit fast — yes, Cuarón, the master filmmaker behind Children of Men, the best movie in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as well as the classic  Y tu mamá también, will be directing a space thriller, written by his 28-year-old son, Jonás (The Shock Doctrine).What’s it about?

According to Vulture, Jolie will play the sole surviving human member of a space mission, desperately trying to return home to Earth. She will be the only actor on screen for most of the movie. Oh, and did I mention that Jolie isn’t along on the ship? Jolie will also be playing her daughter.

Unlike a lot of people I know, I happen to think that both Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are talented actors. When they’ve worked with certain directors and certain scripts, playing real characters instead of action figures, they’ve given performances that enhanced the whole film. (I’m thinking, for example, of Pitt in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford or A River Runs Through It, or Jolie in Girl, Interrupted or A Mighty Heart.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.


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