Natalie Portman Officially Cast in Marvel’s Thor

While Jessica Biel casting rumors in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor remain in limbo, we know one thing for certain: she will not be playing the part of Jane Foster.

Natalie Portman, whose name had been previously attached to Thor via rumors, has been officially cast by Marvel as Jane Foster in the upcoming Marvel superhero flick. A nurse in the comics, Marvel promises the character has been “updated” for the feature film but offers no further details.

Portman joins Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as the villain Loki. Additional casting selections should be forthcoming.

Along with Marvel’s announcement comes an official synopsis for Thor. Marvel Studios expands its film universe with a new type of super hero: “Thor.” 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.

Thor will throw his hammer down on theaters May 20, 2011, with principle photography scheduled to begin early next year.

Click here to read the full announcement at Marvel.

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