class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-41977″ title=”Natalie Portman” src=”” alt=”” width=”199″ height=”149″ />It looks like the planets have aligned for director Alfonso Cuaron as he finally finds a lead for his sci-fi thriller Gravity.

News comes in from The Hollywood Reporter that Natalie Portman has signed up for the role of a stranded astronaut who has to survive all alone on a deserted space station. The role has previously been offered to a number of high-profile actresses (including Scarlett Johansson and Angelina Jolie) but Portman looks like a solid choice to go with (she’s currently riding high on her praised performance in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, which is doing the festival circuit) and as most of the action focuses solely on her character, it’s a chance for her to really showcase her talent.

Let’s hope this film will help to vanquish the memory of her playing a princess (where she was never given the chance to shine at all) in another sci-fi epic from a galaxy far, far away.