Natalie Portman joins cast of Marvel's Thor

Natalie Portman, no stranger to sci-fi and comic-based movies, is reportedly joining the cast of Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Marvel's Thor opposite Star Trek's Chris Hemsworth.

Here's how The Hollywood Reporter carries the news:

Portman has been cast to star as Jane Foster, who in early comic-book lore was a nurse who became Thor's first love. The studio said the character will be updated for the feature adaptation.

Chris Hemsworth is already cast as Thor. Tom Hiddleston is Loki, the god of mischief who serves as the movie's villain. ...

Principal photography for the film is set for early 2010. The film will be released in the U.S. on May 20, 2011, distributed by Paramount Pictures.

The casting of Portman calls into question earlier reports that the movie would be set almost entirely in the supernatural world of Thor and the Norse gods.

Portman, of course, is perhaps best known for playing Amidala in the Star Wars prequels, but she also played a memorable heroine in the adaptation of Alan Moore's V for Vendetta.

More from around the web