Sandra-Bullock-JewishSandra Bullock is earning rave reviews for her performance in Gravity but a new report from Fox News has revealed that the 50-year-old was reportedly not director Alfonso Cuaron’s first choice for the role. There were supposedly at least four other big name actresses who were being considered to star opposite George Clooney in the record-breaking drama.

According to the story, the role was originally written for Angelina Jolie. The studio decided to aim younger by giving 38-year-old Marion Cotillard a screen test back in 2010. Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively were also in the running before an official offer was made to Natalie Portman. Sandra apparently did not enter the picture until Portman declined.

Bullock spoke to about what the project taught her about life saying, “It was frustrating, scary, exhilarating, humbling…But mostly, it just pissed you off. It took away all your control, and your crutches and forced you to surrender. But I have gotten to that point in my life where I know I am absolutely out of control, and if anything should happen other than what I do, than that is all I have got. And even if I am not always controllable.”