Love and Thunder’ director asked Natalie Portman if she wanted to star in his ‘Star Wars’ movie, forgetting she was in the prequel trilogy

Natalie Portman at the premiere of Thor: Love and Thunder and in Star Wars

Natalie Portman is no stranger to a major franchise. Years before that, she starred in the prequel trilogy ‘Star Wars’.Alex J. Berliner/ABImages, Lucasfilm

  • Thor: Love and Thunder“Director Taika Waititi forgot Natalie Portman was in”Star Wars“movies.

  • waititi told Rolling Stone he asked Portman if she wanted to star in his upcoming “Star Wars” movie.

  • He said she reminded him that she played an important role in the prequel trilogy as Padmé Amidala.

Thor: Love and ThunderDirector Taika Waititi was so excited about the opportunity to collaborate Natalie Portmanthat he forgot her long resume for a moment.

“Natalie said to me, what are you going to do now? And I said, ‘I’m trying to work on a ‘Star Wars’ thing,” Waititi told Rolling Stone when he recalled throwing her when she returned to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the sequel to “Thor”. “Have you ever wanted to be in a ‘Star Wars’ movie?” She said, ‘I’ve been in ‘Star Wars’ movies.'”

“I forgot about that one,” Waititi added with a laugh.

Waititi was referring to the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy in which Portman played a very important role, not only as Queen (and later Senator) Padmé Amidala, but also as Anakin Skywalker’s secret wife and eventual mother of Luke and Leia Skywalker.

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Natalie Portman as Senator Padme Amidala in ‘Star Wars’.Lucasfilm

You could argue that there would be no Skywalker Saga without Padmé.

Not much is known about Waititi’s “Star Wars” project.

First announced in 2020, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy described Waititi’s film as “fresh, unexpected and… unique.” According to Vanity FairWaititi’s movie will likely be the next “Star Wars” movie we see in theaters.

Portman reprises her role as Dr. Jane Foster, an astrophysicist who this time gets to wield Thor’s mighty hammer.

Natalie Portman as Mighty Thor in "Thor: Love and Thunder."

Natalie Portman as Mighty Thor in “Thor: Love and Thunder.”Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios

Waititi told Rolling Stone that he had come up with the idea of ​​bringing Foster’s character back into the fold.

“Actually, I was like, a lot of fans miss Jane Foster and people want to see her again,” Waititi said.

According to Waititi, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was more than receptive to the idea, saying he wanted to figure out a way to bring Mighty Thor into the film with Portman in the role.

“It didn’t take much persuasion,” Waititi said, adding: “She’d never heard of that before [Jason Aaron] run of the comic, so I just delivered some comics for her… If you just ask, how did we cast so-and-so? We offered them millions of dollars and they said, ‘Yes!'”

“Thor: Love and Thunder” hits theaters Friday. You can read our review here

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