Natalie Portman Cast as Jane Foster in ‘Thor’

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Marvel has just announced Natalie Portman has officially joined the cast of Thor as Jane Foster. Portman will join Chris Hemsworth who’s playing the title role and Tom Hiddleston who is playing the villain Loki, the god of mischief. Kenneth Branagh is directing for a May 20, 2011 release.

Portman had been rumored for the role and most recently unsubstantiated sources began throwing Jessica Biel’s name around, but Portman has now been confirmed as 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.

With Thor, Marvel Studios expands its film universe with a new type of superhero: 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.

Principal photography for the film is set for early 2010 and the film will be released by Paramount.