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As legendary thespian/Shakespeare director Kenneth Branagh let everyone know — almost right after the first Thor film was finished shooting — he was done with the superhero business. Branagh never really elaborated on why he’d not be returning for the sequel, but rumors abounded that Marvel execs weren’t the easiest people in the industry to deal with. Portman had enough clout to choose the replacement herself in one Patty Jenkins, who’s directed some pretty well-known stuff like Monster as well as episodes of Arrested Development and Entourage.
But according to JoBlo, for whatever reason the Marvel guys didn’t see eye to eye with Ms. Portman’s choice, and fired Jenkins. Ms. Portman had chosen Jenkins herself (strike one) and didn’t find out about her firing until reading it on The Internet (yeah).
As for a direct quote from anyone involved, details are scarce, suffice it to say that Portman is simply “furious.”
Given the fact that some studios are so quick to please their stars — especially A-listers like Portman, does anyone else find it surprising that Marvel pretty much ignored Queen Amidala? As THR points out, Marvel has a history of selling their talent short i.e. telling them to f’ off in contract negotiations, offering the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke a less-than-princely $250,000 for Iron Man 2, for example.
The first Thor grossed nearly half a billion worldwide, and Marvel is clearly banking on it hitting similar numbers with or without a happy co-star. The film is slated to release on November 15, 2013, whether it will have Portman, or her choice of director, remains to be seen.
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Jeff Nau is a main contributor to the Jace Hall Show covering pop culture and music trends in the nerd community. He has contributed to San Diego City Beat, 944, and Ill Literature, amongst others, and spends his spare time working as an artist and photographer.
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