Yet another A-list Hollywood star is jumping on the comic book movie bandwagon this week as Natalie Portman has reportedly signed on to play the love interest in Marvel’s upcoming Thor movie. This is her second major comic book-related role after starring in The Wachowski Brothers’s adaptation of V For Vendetta back in 2005, although it will be her first true “superhero” experience. It will also be an interesting compliment to the other fantasy flick she is about to start shooting, the Danny McBride comedy Your Highness directed by David Gordon Green.
Portman will play Jane Foster, a nurse who falls in love with Thor (Chris Hemsworth), although they are updating her character to be more of a “doctor-scientist type” (whatever that means). Marvel’s Kevin Feige had this to say: “We wanted to avoid that syndrome of just because the hair is up and they’re wearing glasses it means they’re smart… We wanted somebody that can have the chemistry that the best of our Marvel couples have had, whether it’s Tobey (Maguire) and Kirsten (Dunst) or Tony (Stark) and Pepper (Potts).”
I haven’t read any Thor comics so I can’t say whether Portman is a good choice to play Jane Foster, but clearly she will enhance pretty much any movie she is in. The question is whether or not her talent will be wasted on another one-dimensional female role in a comic book movie, or if they’ll give her something to work with. Then again, this is a movie about a Norse god with a giant hammer, so hopefully they won’t get very serious and dramatic with it at all. What do you think about how the Thor movie is shaping up?