Taika Waititi Forgot That Natalie Portman Already Was In Star Wars


Taika Waititi’s newest Marvel film, Thor: Love and Thunder, is set to release at the end of this week. The film will co-star Chris Hemsworth as the titular Thor and Natalie Portman returning as Jane Foster, Thor’s ex-girlfriend who hasn’t been seen in the series since the poorly revived Thor: The Dark World in 2013.

Meanwhile the New Zealand born director is also currently developing a Star Wars film at Lucasfilm with a currently planned release window of 2025. But it appears that before the film even has a finished script the director has already revived some ridicule.

When speaking to the Rolling Stone about working on the latest Thor film he said he was having a conversation with Natalie Portman. He said their conversation went like:

Natalie said to me, ‘what do you do next? And I said ‘I’m trying to work on a Star Wars thing. Have you ever wanted to be in a Star Wars movie?’ She said, ‘I’ve been in Star Wars movies.’ I forgot about those ones.

Natalie Portman starred in the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy from 1999 – 2005 as Queen/Senetor Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker’s love interest and that series’ leading female heroine. She would become the mother of Luke and Lea Skywalker and die at childbirth in Revenge of the Sith. She is a very popular character amongst both Prequel fans and Clone Wars fans.

After the interview many fans online mocked the director for forgetting about her. Even outlets such as the AV Club mocked him for this.

For the director of an upcoming Star Wars project to blatantly forget a detail like this shows that perhaps he isn’t as big of a Star Wars fan as some originally thought. 

The film he is developing is said to be completely disconnected from previous Star Wars lore. So not only does the story itself seem to be disconnected from Star Wars, but apparently the director himself is disconnected from the franchise. 

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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