Marvel Studios has confirmed that 28-year-old Portman has been cast in the film as Jane Foster, Donald Blake's nurse who falls in love with him not knowing that he was also Thor.
“The character will be updated for the feature adaptation,” Marvel Studios said in the announcement. “Portman will star opposite Chris Hemsworth who will play Thor and Tom Hiddleston who will play the villain Loki.”
Interestingly, Marvel's press release announcing the casting also outlines for the first time what we can expect to see in the Thor movie in terms of basic storyline and its scale and tone.
Marvel says: "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."
Sci-fi/superhero fans will know her best for her role as Queen Padme Amidala in the "Star Wars" prequels and as Evey in comic book adaptation "V for Vendetta."
Based on Marvel's comic book version on the Norse thunder god, filming is to start in early 2010 with the movie is due out on May 20. 2011. "Thor" will then be among the members of "The Avengers" in the team-up movie due out on May 4, 2012.
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Sources: MTV News, The Geek Files, Latino Review