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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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Reader Feedback - 24 Comments

1

Biel is better fit for sif have you seen that woman she is in insane shape http://images.fandango.com/r81.2.3/ImageRenderer/375/375/nox.jpg/0/images/masterrepository/other/18jessicabiel1.jpg

nelson on Jul 13, 2009

2

So that makes four cast members- Hemsworth, Hiddleston, Blessed, and Portman. Great cast so far.

Bahumbug on Jul 13, 2009

3

Yea but Portman is a much better actress

Dan W on Jul 13, 2009

4

Natalie Portman is great. Great addition.

The Clergy Ark on Jul 13, 2009

5

I'm really, REALLY looking forward to Thor.

Robbie on Jul 13, 2009

6

cool portaman has come a long way since The Professional, Thor I think will be awesome in the endgame.

Xerxex on Jul 13, 2009

7

Hooray!!! She is so awesome. her performance in Star Wars was phenomenal!!!! ..........

He tries so hard... on Jul 13, 2009

8

I agree with number one

zach on Jul 13, 2009

9

cast jessica biel give her blond hair = the enchatress,that would sell tickets alone.

zetsu on Jul 13, 2009

10

#7- If you thought Star Wars was her peak, you need to see Mike Nichols' Closer.

Bahumbug on Jul 13, 2009

11

Thumbs up to this casting. While not always perfect, she is loads better than Biel.

germs on Jul 13, 2009

12

Good choice! Portman can act.

Blue Silver on Jul 13, 2009

13

i love her

DoomCanoe on Jul 13, 2009

14

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.

imarapyeyermom on Jul 13, 2009

15

Aew qw both being sarcastic Bahumbug...or I just can't recall that movie very well. I think I was distracting by her stripping.

He tries so hard... on Jul 13, 2009

16

kool

Spider94 on Jul 13, 2009

17

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.

JimD on Jul 13, 2009

18

Portman fits Jane big time.

Fisherr on Jul 14, 2009

19

If directed correctly... Natalie is phenomenal.

bozoconnors on Jul 14, 2009

20

"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".

Felix on Jul 14, 2009

21

Until Alexander SkarsgÄrd is cast as Thor this movie can go to HELL.

Johnny Neat on Jul 14, 2009

22

#20- Ultimate Avengers isn't Marvel Universe cannon

Bahumbug on Jul 14, 2009

23

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.

John on Jul 14, 2009

24

Sooooo glad she's a part of this movie.

Nick Sears on Jul 15, 2009

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