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Over the course of his long and often troubled career, now-sober actor Robert Downey, Jr. was frequently accused of being spaced out while filming. But never quite this literally.

According to Deadline, Downey is in talks to play the lead in Alfonso Cuarón's upcoming 3D deep space drama 'Gravity.' The film, which Cuarón co-wrote with his son and fellow filmmaker Jonas, follows the story of two astronauts left adrift in the cosmos when an accident destroys their space station.

Cuarón, who is no stranger to science fiction thanks to his acclaimed near future dystopia epic 'Children of Men,' originally developed the film for Universal with the idea of Angelina Jolie playing the female lead. Universal passed on the project, however, putting Jolie's status in doubt. While Deadline reports that Jolie has dropped out, Cinematical reported just last month that she was clearing her schedule to prepare for the role. Over the course of his long and often troubled career, now-sober actor Robert Downey, Jr. was frequently accused of being spaced out while filming. But never quite this literally.

According to Deadline, Downey is in talks to play the lead in Alfonso Cuarón's upcoming 3D deep space drama 'Gravity.' The film, which Cuarón co-wrote with his son and fellow filmmaker Jonas, follows the story of two astronauts left adrift in the cosmos when an accident destroys their space station.

Cuarón, who is no stranger to science fiction thanks to his acclaimed near future dystopia epic 'Children of Men,' originally developed the film for Universal with the idea of Angelina Jolie playing the female lead. Universal passed on the project, however, putting Jolie's status in doubt. While Deadline reports that Jolie has dropped out, Cinematical reported just last month that she was clearing her schedule to prepare for the role.

While teaming Downey and Jolie would seem like a recipe for box-office success, it's unclear whether new financiers Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures would want to foot the presumably massive bill to land both actors. But thanks to his recent string of hits, including 'Iron Man,' 'Tropic Thunder' and 'Sherlock Holmes,' there's little doubt that Downey is in a position to carry a blockbuster by himself. The upcoming sequel 'Iron Man 2' is one of the most anticipated films of the year, while a sequel to 'Sherlock Holmes' will also begin filming this fall.

'Gravity' is set to film in London over the summer for a potential 2011 release.