Surpring news regading Natalie Portman has emerged from Marvel HQ today – the Oscar-winning actress will not feature alongside Chris Hemsworth in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok.
Marvel Entertainment head, Kevin Feige, confirmed the casting news to Empire Film, explaining there were many plausible reasons for the exclusive on Thor‘s love interest Jane Foster, one of which is where the majority of the film is set;
Knowing Marvel, the decision to cut Portman’s character from the new sequel is strictly to do with the story, though budget would probably also play a factor in their decision. Notoriously, Oscar-winners don’t come cheap, and it’s likely that Portman would require a substantial fee for her inclusion in the film, something Marvel execs probably don’t seem worthwhile considering the little screen time the actress would actually get.
Thor: Ragnarok will see Chris Hemsworth once again return as the God of Thunder, though this time he’ll be joined by fellow Avenger Bruce Banner/Hulk (played by Mark Ruffalo), as well as Tom Hiddleston and Cate Blanchett – the film is due for release on 27 October 2017.