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Toronto: 'Gravity' Enlists Canadian Astronaut for Screening

Gravity Film Still Sandra Bullock - H 2013
Warner Bros. Pictures
Sandra Bullock in "Gravity"

Roberta Bondar, Canada's first female astronaut, will be in attendance when Alfonso Cuaron's space thriller hits the fest Sunday.

Warner Bros. is adding a bit of real-life gravitas to its Gravity gala. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space, will attend the premiere of the Sandra Bullock thriller on Sunday. Bondar spent more than a decade as NASA’s head of space medicine, giving her a bit in common with Bullock’s mission scientist character Dr. Ryan Stone.

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Last year, Warners brought Tony Mendez, the real-life subject of Argo, to Toronto to help kick off its awards campaign. Gravity, written by director Alfonso Cuaron and his son Jonas, is fiction and has nothing to do with Bondar’s story, but the affiliation with a Canadian hero certainly won’t hurt the movie — especially in Toronto.