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Natalie Portman Officially Cast in Kenneth Branagh's Thor!

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July 13, 2009

Natalie Portman - Jane Foster

Marvel has officially announced today that Natalie Portman has been cast as Jane Foster in Kenneth Branagh's Thor. In the early Thor comics, Jane Foster was a nurse who became Thor's first love. The character will be updated for the feature adaptation. Portman will star opposite Chris Hemsworth who will play Thor and Tom Hiddleston who will play the villain Loki. News that Portman was in the running first hit back in March, so this is only late confirmation. It's especially good, because I started to hear rumors that Jessica Biel was involved instead. Shooting will start in early 2010 after she finishes Your Highness.

This epic adventure spans the Marvel Universe; from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

We originally speculated that Portman might be playing Sif, Thor's wife who is also a goddess in Asgard. But as it turns out, she's actually playing Jane Foster, which means that a lot of Thor will probably take place on Earth and not in Asgard. However, per that new synopsis above, there will probably be an even amount of time spent between the two universes. Portman has been making some very interesting choices recently, with this and Your Highness and Hesher, which can only mean good things, because the more screen time she has, the better. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what she can do in Kenneth Branagh's Thor!

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  • nelson
  • Bahumbug
    So that makes four cast members- Hemsworth, Hiddleston, Blessed, and Portman. Great cast so far.
  • Dan W
    Yea but Portman is a much better actress
  • The Clergy Ark
    Natalie Portman is great. Great addition.
  • Robbie
    I'm really, REALLY looking forward to Thor.
  • Xerxex
    cool portaman has come a long way since The Professional, Thor I think will be awesome in the endgame.
  • He tries so hard…
    Hooray!!! She is so awesome. her performance in Star Wars was phenomenal!!!! ..........
  • zach
    I agree with number one
  • zetsu
    cast jessica biel give her blond hair = the enchatress,that would sell tickets alone.
  • Bahumbug
    #7- If you thought Star Wars was her peak, you need to see Mike Nichols' Closer.
  • germs
    Thumbs up to this casting. While not always perfect, she is loads better than Biel.
  • Blue Silver
    Good choice! Portman can act.
  • DoomCanoe
    i love her
  • imarapyeyermom
    Portman is a GREAT choice. I love her. And in regards to Biel being better for Sif..I agree, but Portman isn't cast as Sif.....so if they put Sif into the movie Biel still has a shot.
  • He tries so hard…
    Aew qw both being sarcastic Bahumbug...or I just can't recall that movie very well. I think I was distracting by her stripping.
  • Spider94
    kool
  • JimD
    Cutey Pie, great actress and class. Although Biel would be fine by me as well. I like both of them. Natalie Portman still looks like the girl next door she played in Beautiful Girls. She was just so adorable in that flick.
  • Fisherr
    Portman fits Jane big time.
  • bozoconnors
    If directed correctly... Natalie is phenomenal.
  • Felix
    "The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth." Hmm, while I havn't seen the beginning of Thor but as far as I can remember from the Ultimate Avengers, Thor is actually rather humble, hopefully the movie will bring up some of these things. Will be interesting to see how well Portman will play his "girlfriend".
  • Until Alexander SkarsgĂ„rd is cast as Thor this movie can go to HELL.
  • Bahumbug
    #20- Ultimate Avengers isn't Marvel Universe cannon
  • At least facially, the resemblance is uncanny! Portman definitely looks the part from the neck up. I love watching Biel but based on that photo she looks a bit muscular for the role.
  • Nick Sears
    Sooooo glad she's a part of this movie.

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