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Blake Lively and Scarlett Johansson vying for Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity

Heat Vision is reporting that Blake Lively and Scarlett Johansson are each vying for the female lead opposite Robert Downey Jr. in Alfonso Cuaron’s original sci-fi project Gravity.

During the past two weeks, Johansson and Lively tested for the lead role of a female astronaut lost in space. A decision is expected within the next week or two.

The movie’s plot revolves around astronauts repairing the Hubble telescope who are hit with an avalanche of satellite junk. In a plot akin to “Cast Away,” the surviving astronaut must fight her way back to Earth, where she hopes to reunite with her daughter.

The site notes that Marion Cotillard (“Inception”) also tested for the role, but now Lively and Johansson appear the likeliest candidates (despite both being younger than the studio’s original target; Angelina Jolie).