Natalie Portman’s film debut was of course 1994’s The Professional (or Leon if you subscribe to the thesis that filmmakers are able to actually assign names to their own works), in which she played the role of Mathilda, a role which Prisco pointed out was an apex she has never quite recaptured. Hit Girl? Mathilda was Hit Girl without the comic book sheen of ironic self consciousness.
It’s well known that most Hollywood names tend to coordinate the news they drop in interviews with our Seriously Random Lists, so Portman decided to let MTV know that contrary to previous interviews in which she expressed no interest in returning to the role of Mathilda, she now would be up for it.
Luc Besson has reportedly written a script for a sequel already. It’s naturally titled Mathilda, so in America it would probably be The Pro2essional for reasonable reasons of cultural differences. The problem is that we’ve got a stand off here because unfortunately, Besson says he’s retired and won’t be making any more films.
Portman’s gone so far as to refuse reading the script, saying “I have never read it because Luc won’t direct it himself, and so I’m only interested if he [directs] … I told him if he would do it himself, I would do it in two seconds, But he won’t, so…”
Now hopefully Besson is only retired like Michael Jordan used to retire every other year, I mean, really, nobody retires from making movies. It’s like being in the mafia, there’s only one way out. So maybe he’s just been crotchety because there was no way he was going to change up actresses for the sequel, and now he’ll jump on the train since Portman’s on board too.
Either that or the project will get handed off to McG and he’ll sign Taylor Swift up for the role. It could really go either way at this point.