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Scarlett Johansson replaces Angelina Jolie in new film Gravity

Scarlett Johansson replacing Jolie

Scarlett Johansson has replaced Angelina Jolie to play in Alfonso Cuaron's new 3D movie Gravity after she declined to do the role.

Johansson, who found international fame in 2003 playing Charlotte in Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation, has verbally agreed to play in the film alongside Iron Man 2 co-star Robert Downey Jr according to New York Daily. The American actress has starred in a diverse range of roles in movies such as The Prestige and The Other Boleyn Girl that have grossed over $1 billion at the US box office alone.

Alfonso Cuaron, who has helmed movies such as Children of Men and Y Tu Mama Tambien said that the film would be, the most ambitious film, technology-wise, since Avatar. It is also rumoured that it will feature an opening 20-minute mind-blowing sequence shot never before attempted using 3D technology.

The birth of 3D movies has sparked a significant shift in studio productions as their popularity has spiraled. Avatar directed by James Cameron grossed $2 billion worldwide and set a precedent for a new era in storytelling, breaking box office records and establishing a global fan base hungry for visually compelling 3D films.

Gravity is set to shoot later this summer and is scheduled for release sometime in 2012.

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