Natalie Portman is an amazing actress. She was amazing in Closer and well deserving of the Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan. And typically anytime you’d lose an Oscar winner as part of your cast it couldn’t help but be a significant blow to your franchise, but the news that Thor: Ragnarok won’t include Portman is probably addition by subtraction.
Portman, isn’t reprising her role as Jane Foster for the third Thor standalone film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As bright as Portman’s star has shone, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now beyond needing to lure high-profile Oscar winners/nominees to lend their films credibility.
Portman reportedly wasn’t happy that Marvel execs replaced Patty Jenkins as director of Thor: The Dark World. The rift was allegedly so tense that Portman didn’t want to return until Marvel forced her to honor her contract. If Portman didn’t want to be a part of the biggest non-Star Wars franchise going that’s certainly her prerogative.This all but assures the film won’t try and force any goofy humor with Kat Dennings’ Darcy with Jane gone so that’s another plus.
I’m more excited about the reveal that Creed star Tessa Thompson will likely be the female lead in her place. Thompson is clearly a star on the rise and I’m thrilled she’s getting a high profile gig that will take her career to the next level.
I’m curious if Marvel envisions Thompson playing a new character or an established one like Valkyre or the Enchantress. Both would be major departures from the comic version, but we’ve seen the MCU isn’t afraid to do race swaps to make the universe more diverse.
What do you think of this news? Disappointed Portman’s gone or think it won’t really matter?