Nicole Sperling
July 13, 2009 AT 10:15 PM EDT

Queen Padme to be Jane Foster? Such is the case as Marvel Studios announced today that Natalie Portman will star opposite Chris Hemsworth in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Thor. The Academy-award nominated actress will play the nurse, Jane Foster, who becomes Thor’s first love. Filming is set to begin in early 2010 for a May 20, 2011 release. Portman will next be seen in Jim Sheridan’s drama Brothers opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire. While she was nominated for a supporting actress for her role in Mike Nichols’ Closer, Portman is best known to sci-fi fans for her role as Queen Padme Amidala in the Star Wars Trilogy. 

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