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07.13.09 52 Comments

(Looks like someone was really excited to meet Hillary Clinton)

Yeah, so Marvel is making Thor. Kenneth Branagh is directing. Chris Hemsworth is the lead.  And now Natalie Portman has been tapped (hee hee!) as the female lead.  Yay, Norse Gods of Thunder looove cerebral New York hipster chicks!

Natalie Portman is starring as Jane Foster, the Thunder God’s love interest. In the original comics the character was a nurse who worked for Dr. Donald Blake, a regular old cripple who sometimes turned into Thor. [CHUD]

[From Marvel’s press release] Marvel Studios expands its film universe with a new type of superhero: THOR. This epic adventure spans the Marvel Universe; from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard.  At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment.  Once here, Thor 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.

Huh, sounds kinda like the Bible, or Transformers.  Meanwhile Kenneth Branagh previously directed As You Like It, Hamlet, and Much Ado About Nothing, and if Natalie Portman doesn’t mention Shakespeare during the press tour I’ll eat my own sh-t.

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