Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are lost in space in Gravity trailer

George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are astronauts doing some work and admiring the view while floating above Earth when things are thrown into a cataclysmic tailspin. After something crashes into their shuttle, the pair are left grappling for something to grab onto in the thrilling first trailer for Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, the visionary man behind Great Expectations, Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children of Men.

Written by Alfonso and his brother Jonas Cuaron, Gravity's premise is deceptively simple - two people stranded in space - but given the utter and absolute vastness of outer space and the potential for the actors to really sink their teeth into roles that require adept back-and-forth and intensely relying on their imaginations, this is a sci-fi premise with plenty of potential to wow.

The space nightmare follows Clooney's space vet Matt Kowalsky who is taking Bullock's newbie medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone out on a routine exercise outside the ship when debris separates them from their ships and soon they are two specks drifting in a blackness that is absolute. Yes, we're shuddering too.

This is Clooney's first role since his 2011 Oscar-nominated performance in The Descendants and calls to mind his 2002 space-set Solaris whereas Bullock has been busy and has a buddy comedy coming at the end of June.

Check out the teaser trailer for Gravity, opening October 4, below.

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