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Natalie Portman Cast as Jane Foster in Thor

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 13, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 13, 2009 |

If you keep up with the rest of the movie blogs, nothing seems to set the goddamn place on fire quicker than casting news for one of the superhero comic book movies. Never mind that, besides established comic books and, now, Iron Man, there’s no actual evidence that these comic-book movies will be any goddamn good. It’s a Comic-Con world, I suppose. Indeed, the huge news over the weekend was Ryan Reynolds casting as Green Lantern … and if I hadn’t seen it the second it was announced, the 47 emails I received over the next two days would’ve alerted me to it. I appreciate the heads up, though I’m still not certain how I feel about being somehow linked to R-squared. Maybe if we get big enough, though, we can score an interview with Mr. Reynolds without having to work through a PR person (we got offered a junket interview last month, but as you know, we don’t do junkets or other PR-arranged interviews. You folks may think I want to sleep with RR, but I’m not a whore, damnit).

Anyway, the big shebang today was the casting for Thor. Natalie Portman has signed on to play Jane Foster, opposite Chris Hemsworth’s title character in the Kenneth Branagh directed movie. That’s kind of a clusterfuck of names, which suggests that Thor could be a smart, killer comic-book movie, or a complete goddamn mess. I like the idea of a Shakespearean comic-book movie in theory, but then again, Branagh’s Hamlet tested my limits.

For those unfamiliar with the comic, Jane Foster was a nurse who was involved in a love triangle with both Thor and his alter ego, Donald Blake, which sets up a compelling narrative for the film. In the comics, she was also briefly granted immortality and the power of the Gods, though she eventually lost that. Nevertheless, she still assists The Avengers occasionally, which suggests that Portman could also make her way into The Avengers in 2012.

Jessica Biel had been rumored for the part. I suppose she’s now available to play whatever love interest the Green Lantern has. The woman with the yellow umbrella?

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