George Clooney Kicks out Robert Downey Jr...

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George Clooney has taken over Robert Downey Jr.'s role in an upcoming 3-D sci-fi movie Gravity.

The salt and pepper veteran actor will be playing the lead role in the movie that will be directed by Alfonso CuarΓ³n. This is the first time after his box-office bomb Solaris that Clooney will be heading to space for a role.

The movie is about a female astronaut - to be played by Sandra Bullock - trying to make it back to Earth after a disaster in space. Clooney plays her colleague.

Sandra too was finalised after going through half a dozen leading actresses for the role including the original choice Angelina Jolie. The production for the project kicks off this spring.