Natalie Portman has been cast as the female lead in “Thor,” Marvel
Studios’ adaptation of its comic book featuring the Norse god of
thunder. Kenneth Branagh is directing.
Portman has been cast to star as Jane Foster, who in early comic
book lore was a nurse who became Thor’s first love. The studio said
the character will be updated for the feature adaptation.
Chris Hemsworth is already cast as Thor. Tom Hiddleston is Loki,
the god of mischief who serves as the movie’s villain.
“Thor” is Marvel’s stab at an epic fantasy adventure, spanning from
present-day Earth to the realm of Asgard. 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.
Call me crazy, but I really didn’t need a token love interest in my Thor movie, especially Jane Foster. When you’re dealing with Norse mythology, you have access to Hela and Sif and the Valkyries. If you’re doing Marvel’s Thor, you also can use the Enchantress without shame. So why, when you have all these warriors and goddesses and sorceress would you decide to have some boring, plain-jane Earth nurse (no offense to nurses) who’s barely been in a handful of Thor comics, virtually none of them meaningful? Whatever.
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