In a recent interview Natalie Portman expressed her willingness to make a comeback in the “Star Wars” franchise, 18 years after her departure following “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.”
Portman, known for her portrayal of Padmé Amidala in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy, revealed that she has not been approached for a return but remains open to the idea.
Despite Padmé’s demise in “Revenge of the Sith,” the “Star Wars” series has a history of resurrecting presumed-dead characters, as seen with Darth Maul in “Solo.”
Portman’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” director, Taika Waititi, mistakenly approached her about starring in his upcoming “Star Wars” project, unaware that she had already been part of the franchise.
Portman shared her amusing encounter with Waititi, explaining that she initially thought he was joking due to his playful nature. Waititi later expressed his embarrassment in an interview, realizing his unintentional oversight.
In March, Variety exclusively reported that Waititi’s “Star Wars” film was still in development, with Waititi himself eyeing a role. He has previously emphasized his desire to explore new characters and expand the “Star Wars” universe, distancing himself from pre-existing storylines and origin stories. Waititi aims to create fresh narratives that broaden the scope of the “Star Wars” universe, offering audiences a more expansive experience.
Collaborating with co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who received an Oscar nomination for her work on “1917,” Waititi is actively developing his “Star Wars” movie.
For more insights, watch Natalie Portman’s full video interview with GQ, linked below.