By Dave Campbell | July 15, 2009
Sweet hammer of the Gods, Natalie Portman has been confirmed to play Jane Foster in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. Portman will work alongside the already announced Chris Hemsworth as the mighty Thor, and Tom Hiddleston as the god of mischief Loki. The Jane Foster character appeared in the original comics by Stan Lee and Joe Sinnott. Jane is a nurse who is employed by, and the love interest of Dr. Donald Blake, the secret identity of Thor.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige who is also a producer of the film recently had this to say about the character, “Jane is the human lead, so to speak, who helps ground the film in reality. We spend a lot of time amongst the other realms of the Nine Worlds of the Thor mythology and she is our human anchor to that. 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).”
The story centers on Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As punishment, Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans but once here, he 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.
Natalie Portman’s next project Your Highness, directed by David Gordon Green will soon begin shooting in Northern Ireland while her follow-up the Darren Aronofsky thriller Black Swan, will shoot in New York this fall.
The Paramount Pictures distributed Thor will begin shooting in early 2010, with a scheduled U.S. release of May 20, 2011.