Natalie Portman Joins the Cast of Thor

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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?



  • Greg

    Anyone else think it’s odd that the Marvel guy referred to the Spider-Man actors and then the Iron Man characters?

  • Henrik

    Yeah I thought that was strange too. Who knows what these executives are thinking.

  • The-Punishr

    Natalie can play with my hammer anytime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • stevie_boy

    Does seem odd, but perhaps it’s due to Iron Man being a much newer comic franchise and people aren’t as used to Robert Downey Junior being Tony Stark, so he has to remind. As far as I’m concerned RDJ IS Tony Stark, and it’s probably the most defining role in his career.

  • The really odd thing is that Kenneth Branagh is attached to direct. Can he handle shooting action? I barely care because I’m not a Thor fan at all. Natalie Portman is now my primary attraction to this film.

  • rick

    “The question is whether or not her talent will be wasted on another one-dimensional female role in a comic book movie”

    surely your not talking about V for Vendetta right here are you? surely you must be joking. V for V was one of my favorite movies. it was SWEEEEET!

    and I don’t know if I can consider portman an all star amazing fantastic actress. She’s so so for me. But I do think she could add alot to this movie and probably draw alot more attention to this upcoming Thor film

  • Yeah…I’m not sure what I think about Thor. In general, I’m a sucker for superhero movies; and though Natalie is great, even Connely couldn’t save the first “Hulk”, Mendez couldn’t save “Ghost Rider”, and Alba in underwear never came close to making “Fantastic Four” great. I guess we can only hope. But what are the odds, Marvel is 7 for 18…

  • Damndirtyape

    Chris Hemsworth = Thor? Ha.. not unless he plans on juicing up and packing on 70lbs of muscle.. I’ll be chcukling all the way through this movie otherwise. Last time I checked, guys like Thor or Superman were supposed to look.. well HEROIC…

    Have no real problems with Portman, but I’d prefer someone older… she seems very teeny bopper to me.

  • Ben

    Hemsworth is like 6 foot 3. I’m sure he can put on some muscle. And I have no idea how you relate Portman to “teeny bopper”

    What I’m trying to figure out is, what’s with the assertion that they can’t go “dramatic” with this? Is it simply because the author of this article can’t imagine Norse mythology being taken seriously? If he had any knowledge of history and mythology at all he’d know that there’s tons of opportunities to mine Norse mythology in dramatic ways. Just because this is based on a comic book doesn’t mean that it’s not tied to the original sources. I want to see this done very dramatically, especially with Branagh at the helm.

  • Damndirtyape

    @Ben

    Hemsworth is tall but skinny.. hardly the heroic look I imagine the God of Thunder to be.. Yea I know Hollywood isn’t full of Arnolds (back in his prime ie Conan) to choose from.. but still, he’d have to gain a shitload of weight to pull it off IMO.. I happen to be 275 myself so I guess part of me has an unrealistic wish that just once Hollywood would cast someone more physically appropriate for those roles.

    Not saying he has to be a full on pro bodybuilder, just not this: http://www.pubsandclubs.net.au/images/bb/Chris-Hemsworth-Holly-Brisl.jpg

    Teeny-Booper = young. As in teenager looking. Not a grown adult woman. She’s beautiful, but looks like a kid to me. I guess I’m too old for the target demographic anyway…

  • zubzwank

    After he was picked for the role but before filming started, Christopher Reeve was skinny! Pictures were in the tabloids. He put on about 40 lbs of muscle, training with David Prowse.

    He looked every bit Superman by the time filming started.

  • swarez

    You think every one of the actors in 300 looked like that before filming? There is something out there called weight lifting, not sure how it works but I think you gain muscle with it if you stick to it for a few months.

  • I have no idea who Hemsworth “is” but I’ve seen a few pictures of him and his face is perfect I just wish he was older – and bigger.

    I hope he does a few cycles of roids so he can bulk up enough to be convincing. He has to play “The God of Thunder.” The God of Thunder should not look like he works summers at Abercrombie and Fitch.

    Oh yeah, Natalie Portman is the hottest thing on the planet. Who cares if this is a terrible role for her. Totally irrelevant.

  • Damndirtyape

    >> I hope he does a few cycles of roids so he can bulk up enough to be convincing. He has to play “The God of Thunder.” The God of Thunder should not look like he works summers at Abercrombie and Fitch

    Damn straight..

  • Damndirtyape

    >> There is something out there called weight lifting, not sure how it works but I think you gain muscle with it if you stick to it for a few months.

    Performance enhancing drugs for the win!

  • HEAR ME MORTALS! I AM THOR! GOD OF THUNDER!!!

    Oh, and have you seen the new Abercrombie cargo shorts? Their on sale today 1/2 off. Let me know if you need anything! If you have any questions, my name is Thor (God of Thunder).

  • Ben

    Thing is, I think there’s also something to be said for the fact that this guy’s a god and his strength wouldn’t rely purely on the size of his muscles. He is one of the only ones able to wield mjolnir, for example, not due to his physical strength but because of he’s deemed worthy by Odin. I expect the guy to bulk up but I don’t need him to be Schwarzenegger sized to make me happy with his casting.

  • Thor is noticably MUCH larger, in all of his various incantations in the Marvel Universe, than “normal” sized humans.

    He does not need to be 8′ tall and 500lbs. But he needs to have enough “presence” and be physically imposing enough to pull off being the God of Thunder.

    As I allude to above – In order for this to work – The viewer must not have any doubt that they behold the awe inspiring, ass-kicking, meat-head, God of Thunder – not an Abercrombie & Fitch greeter.

    One thing that has not been discussed is the possibility that this dude is playing Donald Blake – who in Thors early history – was a human who, upon touching the hammer Mjolnir (and later tapping his cane on the ground), became Thor while Blake was transported to an alternate dimension while he waits for Thor to finish up.

  • Incantations? I meant incarnations…

    I’m drunk.