Taika Waititi didn’t know Natalie Portman was in ‘Star Wars’

Waititi joked that he had no idea ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ star Portman helmed the prequel trilogy, starting with 1999’s ‘The Phantom Menace’.

There are even too many “Star Wars” movies for Taika Waititi to stay on the straight and narrow.

The Oscar-winning writer-director is preparing to helm his own installment of the franchise, but seems, perhaps jokingly, to have overlooked the pivotal role of “Thor: Love and Thunder” star Natalie Portman in previous films.

After finishing the third ‘Thor’ movie with Portman reprising her Jane Foster character, Waititi asked if she’d be up for starring in his ‘Star Wars’ movie…you know, after playing Princess Leia’s mother, Padmé Amidala, in “The Phantom Menace”, “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith”.

“Natalie was like, ‘What do you do next?’ And I said, ‘I’m trying to work on a ‘Star Wars’ thing. Have you ever wanted to be in a ‘Star Wars’ movie?’ “Waititi said rolling stone. “She said, ‘I’ve been in ‘Star Wars’ movies.”

Waititi said with a laugh, “I forgot those.”

To be fair, Portman previously admitted that the criticized “Star Wars” prequel trilogy was a “disaster” upon release, but decades later it has become beloved.

Perhaps it’s for the best that Waititi’s “Star Wars” movie will have nothing to do with its predecessors. Co-written with “1917” Oscar nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns, the film will introduce new characters and sever ties with the main cast of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

“Look, I think for the ‘Star Wars’ universe to grow, it has to grow,” Waititi said. Total movie about his film which has no title yet. “I don’t think I’m useful in the ‘Star Wars’ universe to make a movie where everyone’s like, ‘Oh great, well, those are the plans for the Millennium Falcon, ah that’s the big one. -mother of Chewbacca. “”

Waititi, who has been cast in the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ movie with a likely Release date December 2025added: “It’s on its own, it’s awesome, although I’d like to take something new and create new characters and just expand the world, otherwise I feel like it’s a very small story.”

And the creator of “Our Flag Means Death” is very familiar with the modern era of “Star Wars.” Waititi previously voiced “The Mandalorian” character IG-11 and directed a Season 1 episode of the critically acclaimed Disney+ series.

Plus, Portman has no hard feelings about Waititi’s “Star Wars” teasing. The actress told IndieWire exclusively that Waititi is a “creative human who I admire so much”, particularly for pioneering the concept of bringing Mighty Thor’s story to the big screen with her character Jane wielding Mjolnir.

“It was this kind of dual opportunity, one to work with him and one to evolve Jane into this superhero, which was really exciting,” Portman said of signing “Thor: Love and Thunder”, in theaters. July 8. “His insistence that every take be different, new and fresh is something I hope I can bring to every project I work on.”

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