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Taika Waititi Offered Natalie Portman a Star Wars Role After Forgetting She’s in the Prequel Trilogy

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Will Natalie Portman Return as Padme in Star Wars 9?

The upcoming Star Wars movie from director Taika Waititi

could have featured Natalie Portman in a major role… if she hadn’t already been there and done that. In the Star Wars prequel trilogy – which consists of 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, 2002’s Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones, and 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith – Portman was featured in the prominent role of Padmé Amidala. But that’s a fact that apparently slipped Waititi’s mind.

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Recently, Waititi worked with Portman on the new Marvel movie Thor: Love and Thunder. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the director spoke about why he brought back Portman’s character from the previous Thor movies to appear in the next sequel. He said it seemed like the right time to do so in the story, and fortunately for the filmmakers, Portman was pretty quick to get on board to appear as Mighty Thor.

Portman must have enjoyed the experience as she asked Waititi about potentially getting involved with his next project. Waititi mentioned how he was working on a Star Wars film and asked her if she’d be interested in appearing in that franchise. As Waititi explains, Portman had to remind him that she’s already had her time in the Star Wars franchise.

Related: How the Star Wars Prequels Went From Being Hated to Loved

Perhaps Natalie Portman won’t be involved with Taika Waiti’s Star Wars movie, but she can be seen in a major role in the director’s newest movie. Thor: Love and Thunder stars Portman alongside Chris Hemsworth with the two teaming up as Jane “Mighty Thor” Foster and Thor alongside Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Korg (Waititi) to stop the sinister Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) from destroying every god.

Thor: Love and Thunder officially premieres in movie theaters on July 8, 2022. It’s unclear when Waititi’s Star Wars film will be released, but his next movie, the sports dramedy Next Goal Wins, will be released in 2023. That film stars Michael Fassbender and Elisabeth Moss and follows a Dutch-American football coach turning the American Samoa national team into an elite squad.

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