“Thor: Ragnarok” is losing one leading lady and gaining another. Natalie Portman, who played scientist Jane Foster in the first two “Thor” films, will not be involved with the third.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Portman would not be returning, but Thor (Chris Hemsworth) won’t be alone for long. Tessa Thompson has been cast in a “key role.” It isn’t clear how big of a part she’ll play, but Deadline reveals that she will be the Asgardian god’s love interest.
Portman’s departure isn’t entirely surprising. There were many rumors about the actress being less than thrilled with working on the second movie after Patty Jenkins dropped out due to creative differences.
While losing a character isn’t ideal, many “Thor” fans on Twitter weren’t too upset about the loss. In fact, some were even excited about the casting shakeup.
I guess Natalie Portman is out, good she was useless and you knew she didn't wanna be there https://t.co/kFk1GMSiCI
— ColdFlame19 (@DannyGorrin) April 11, 2016
Can't say I'm disappointed that Natalie Portman isn't returning for Thor 3
— Jarvis (@JarvisUnchained) April 11, 2016
I'm a huge Natalie Portman fan and I'm glad she's not returning for Thor: Ragnarok
— Christelle Tabet (@1_BrokeGirl) April 11, 2016
Tbh I aint even mad Natalie Portman won't be returning in Thor Ragnarok.
— Daniel (@TheParkerLuck_) April 11, 2016
Natalie Portman isn't returning for Thor: Ragnarok and I couldn't be happier. Today is such a good day.
— Sarah Best (@sarah_best16) April 11, 2016
Of course, there were also a few who mourned the loss.
Natalie Portman isn't going to be in Thor 3? I can't say I'm surprised, she was given nothing to work with but its still a shame.
— Luke Allott (@LukeAllott) April 11, 2016
It's too bad Natalie Portman is out for THOR 3. I know she had issues with Marvel but I always enjoyed her as Jane Foster.
— Brendan Foley (@TheTrueBrendanF) April 11, 2016
wait I am kinda sad that Jane isn't going to be in Thor 3???
— dogunderwater (@dogunderwater) April 11, 2016
Portman isn’t the only actor who won’t return for “Thor 3.” It seems Thor won’t be seeing another one of his scientist friends. Stellan Skarsgård revealed that he wouldn’t return as Dr. Erik Selvig either. “‘Thor 3’ is not on my slate,” the actor told Den of Geek in February. “But maybe the next ‘Avengers.’” Without Jane or Erik, it seems unlikely that their friend Darcy (Kat Dennings) will appear either. There hasn’t been any official word on her status, though.
Luckily, the Avenger will still have friends around him. Mark Ruffalo is confirmed to play the Hulk in the film, and Jaimie Alexander will return as Lady Sif. Cate Blanchett is also in talks for a secret role, but it isn’t clear if she’ll be an ally to Thor or his evil brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
“Thor: Ragnarok” is scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 3, 2017.