August 11, 2013
Natalie Portman on filming 'Thor: The Dark World': 'It was a whole different adventure'
Marvel sequel opens in UK cinemas on October 30
Natalie Portman has spoken about her role in the upcoming Thor: The Dark World.
The US actress told Empire that filming the Marvel sequel was a "whole different adventure this time" because "Jane is the fish out of water". She added: "I didn't want to make it like Bill And Ted, or like the Valley Girl dumped into Shakespeareland."
On punching Tom Hiddleston's Loki, she joked: "It feels fantastic. He was a great sport about it."
Meanwhile, director Alan Taylor admitted that he was "surprised" Thor survived till the end of the film, as he's known for killing viewers' favourite characters in his television work. He explained: "People hate me because I killed Ned Stark on Thrones. But I also killed Caesar in Rome, Wild Bill Hickock in Deadwood and Christopher in The Sopranos. I just get called in to murder people's favourite characters, so I'm surprised Thor survived this one. There are a few people who don't make it out alive here. There could be some surprises!"
Alongside Portman and Hiddleston, original cast members Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba and Stellan Skarsgård have all reprised their roles from the first Thor film, which grossed a shade under $450 million (£290 million) at cinemas worldwide.
Recently, it was announced that former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston has joined the cast and plays a supervillain called Malekith the Accursed. According to the film's official synopsis, "a vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness" and it falls on Hemsworth's hammer-wielding hero to stop him.
Thor: The Dark World opens in UK cinemas on October 30 before getting a US release on November 8. You can watch the trailer below by clicking 'play'.
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