Thor: Love and Thunder star Natalie Portman explains the height difference between her previous appearances as Jane Foster and her latest reprisal.
Thor: Love and Thunder star Natalie Portman explained just how physically different the latest version of her character Jane Foster is, compared to previous appearances.
Speaking to Deadline, Portman discussed the challenge in bringing Jane’s ascension to God of Thunder to life. Taika imagined this change in Jane and it was a really great proposition that he had to join his wild ride,” said the returning Marvel Cinematic Universe star. “It was amazing to get to be challenged with that because I don’t think there’s many people who would cast a 5ft 3 woman as a 6ft character, so it was great to be able to get to imagine how someone who’s that big walks through the world, certainly not the same as me, always looking up at people, who always feels like a kid in every situation.”
Thor: Love and Thunder marks Portman’s first reprisal as Jane Foster since 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. Portman first played Jane in 2011’s Thor, and although her character has been mentioned in the MCU several times since, her only other return to the role was for 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. The latest entry into the series will see her wielding the reforged Mjolnir, as well as all the divine powers that come along with it. Portman opened up about her children’s reaction to her latest performance, noting that they called it “The best thing ever!”
She has also previously commented on the process of coming back to the character as a superhero this time around, saying, “It was really fun. I worked with a trainer, Naomi Pendergast, for, I think it was, four months before shooting, and then obviously all the way through filming. We did a lot of weight training and a lot of protein shakes—heavyweight training that I haven’t ever done before.” Portman added, “Of course, I’ve never really aimed to get bulky. It was very physical, so it was a lot of both agility work and also strength work.”
Along with Portman’s ascension to the role of God of Thunder, the upcoming film is slated to introduce an entire new host of divine beings in the form of the Greek Pantheon, led by Russell Crowe as Zeus. They along with Asgard’s own are set to come into potentially lethal conflict with Gorr the God Butcher, who will be played by Christian Bale in his MCU debut. Waititi noted that Bale’s Gorr was “the most sympathetic villain [Marvel has] had,” and had also “tested the highest out of any villain that Marvel’s had.”
Thor: Love and Thunder arrives in theaters on July 8.
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