Taika Waititi was so impressed with Natalie Portman’s performance on the set of Thor: Love and Thunderthe filmmaker asked the actor to appear in his upcoming Star Wars movie. The only problem is that Waititi completely forgot about Portman’s role as Padme Amidala in Lucasfilm’s prequel trilogy.
“Actually I was like, a lot of fans miss Jane Foster, and people want to see her again. It just seemed like the perfect opportunity, because the character was so great in the Jason Aaron series Thor‘ said the director in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.”Kevin [Feige] was already like, ‘I’d love to try and find a way to bring Mighty Thor into this movie and get Natalie back.'”
According to the helmer, Portman didn’t need much persuasion to get on board, despite never having read the comic in question.
“It didn’t take much persuasion,” he added. “She had never heard of that series of the comic, so I just delivered some comics for her… If you ask, how did we cast so-and-so? We offered them millions of dollars and they said yes!”
Then Waititi said he had suggested the idea of Portman joining the Star Wars franchise.
“Natalie said to me, what are you going to do now? And I said, ‘I’m trying to get a… Star Wars thing,” he concluded. “Have you ever been in a… Star Wars movie?’ She said ‘I’ve been in’ Star Wars movies’, I forgot.”
It’s unclear what exactly Waititi’s Star Wars movie will be about, and the filmmaker says he wants to be more separate from the Skywalker Saga than other movies.
“I’ve yet to see that. I don’t know. I’m still writing. I’m still coming up with the ideas and fleshing out the story and I just wanted to make sure it feels like a Star Wars movie,” Waititi said in an interview with screen frenzy last month. “Because I could say, ‘Oh yeah, we’ll just write an old thing and put it in space and then put Star Wars on the front.’ But it wouldn’t be a Star Wars movie without certain elements and a certain treatment.” so I just have to make sure it stays in that wheelhouse.”
Taika Waititi, who directed Thor: Ragnarokreturns to direct Thor: Love and Thunder† He also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. The film and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Jaimie Alexander, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Jeff Goldblum and Vin Diesel.
Thor: Love and Thunder opens in cinemas from July 8.
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