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Natalie Portman announced as Mighty Thor in upcoming Marvel movie

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(l-r) Kevin Feige, Taika Waititi, Natalie Portman, and Chris Hemsworth announce at San Diego Comic-Con International that Natalie Portman will play Mighty Thor in the upcoming Marvel Studios' Thor film. (Marvel Studios Canada photo)

Actress Natalie Portman will go from super scientist-love interest to super hero in the 4th installment of Marvel Studios’ Thor series.

Portman, who is Jewish and Israeli, will portray a female Thor (also known as Mighty Thor) in Thor: Love and Thunder, scheduled for release in November 2021, Deadline Hollywood reported from the annual Comic-Con convention in San Diego.

It will be the 28th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film and Portman’s participation were announced on Saturday during Marvel Studios’ Comic-Con panel.

Portman played astrophysicist Jane Foster, and became the love-interest of Thor played by Chris Hemsworth, in the first two Thor movies.

In a post on Instagram, which includes a photo of her holding Thor’s hammer, Portman wrote: “So thrilled to share the news with you today at #sdcc2019 that I’ll be returning to the @marvel#mcu as female Thor with legends @taikawaititi @tessamaethompsonand @chrishemsworth. (Remember this as the before picture for when I get jacked)”

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