Taika Waititi personally convinced Natalie Portman to return for Thor 4

Taika Waititi personally convinced Natalie Portman to reprise her role as Jane Foster for Thor 4.The fourth movie in the saga, starring Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god of thunder, was officially announced earlier this month, with the director confirmi…

Taika Waititi personally convinced Natalie Portman to reprise her role as Jane Foster for Thor 4.

The fourth movie in the saga, starring Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god of thunder, was officially announced earlier this month, with the director confirming he would be returning following his huge success with 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok and Portman to be taking on the mantle of Thor and wielding the hammer Mjolnir in the film, entitled Thor: Love and Thunder.

When asked how they managed to convince the Oscar winner to return to Marvel, after she last appeared in Thor: The Dark World back in 2013, Marvel boss Kevin Feige has now confessed it was all down to Waititi, who was in discussions to direct Thor 4 while making Thor: Ragnarok.

“I think when he agreed to come back and do another Thor, he was like, ‘How do we…?’ This is a very big movie that’ll be folding in a lot of elements. That is a huge important part of it. He pitched it to us, and we were totally in. We loved it,” he told CNN. “We’d been in touch with Natalie. She’s part of the MCU family and we put she and Taika together. It took one meeting and she agreed to do it.”

According to editors at CinemaBlend, the New Zealand-born filmmaker convinced Portman with just one brief meeting and had her signed up as soon as he pitched his idea.

Her character Foster was written out of the subsequent Marvel movies after her turn in the Thor: The Dark World, and she also did not appear in any of the four Avengers movies, with her absence blamed on the physicist breaking up with the hunky Norse god.

Thor: Love and Thunder is set to be released in 2021.

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Alan Taylor to direct The Sopranos prequel movie

Thor: The Dark World’s Alan Taylor is set to direct The Sopranos prequel movie.Named The Many Saints of Newark, the upcoming film will be set in New Jersey in the 1960s during the tense conflict between African-American and Italian residents of the cit…

Thor: The Dark World’s Alan Taylor is set to direct The Sopranos prequel movie.

Named The Many Saints of Newark, the upcoming film will be set in New Jersey in the 1960s during the tense conflict between African-American and Italian residents of the city – which culminated in a four-day riot in 1967, resulting in the deaths of 26 people and hundreds of injuries.

The feature is expected to depict beloved characters from the hit television series in some capacity, though the show’s biggest star James Gandolfini, who played protagonist Tony Soprano, died from a heart attack in 2013 at the age of 51.

Taylor, whose appointment was reported by The Wrap on Tuesday (03Jul18), directed nine episodes of The Sopranos during its six-season stint between 1999 and 2007, and was even awarded a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for his work on the series six episode entitled Kennedy and Heidi.

Other Sopranos veterans on board with the project include creator David Chase, who has co-written the film’s script with screenwriter Lawrence Konner.

In addition to his work on the critically acclaimed mob drama, Taylor’s additional TV credits include shows such as Sex and the City, The West Wing, Mad Men and Game of Thrones.

The filmmaker also helmed Terminator Genisys in 2015 and previously studied film at New York University under acclaimed instructors including Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese.

The prequel flick is being overseen by New Line Cinema, the studio responsible for many blockbuster successes including The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Christopher Eccleston despised working on G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Christopher Eccleston wanted to “cut his throat every day” while working on 2009 blockbuster G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.The English actor was cast as weapons master James McCullen in the widely-panned flick, which also featured Sienna Miller, Joseph G…

Christopher Eccleston wanted to “cut his throat every day” while working on 2009 blockbuster G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

The English actor was cast as weapons master James McCullen in the widely-panned flick, which also featured Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Quaid and Channing Tatum.

Reflecting on his career regrets in a chat with The Guardian, Christopher admitted his decision to accept the role was driven by money.

“Working on something like G.I. Joe was horrendous. I just wanted to cut my throat every day,” he sighed. “And Thor (The Dark World)? Just a gun in my mouth.”

It’s not all been doom and gloom in Hollywood for the 54-year-old actor though, and he cites cinema classic Gone in 60 Seconds as a great shoot to be a part of.

“Gone in 60 Seconds was a good experience. Nic Cage is a gentleman and fantastic actor,” he smiled, before adding: But GI Joe and Thor were… I really paid for being a w**re those times.”

While movies may not be his forte, Christopher has enjoyed huge success on the small screen both in his native Britain and across the pond.

He’s had prominent roles in shows like The Leftovers, Heroes and Our Friends in the North, but after controversially quitting the title role in Doctor Who after just one series in 2005, the actor feared he may never work again.

“What happened around Doctor Who almost destroyed my career,” he said. “I gave them a hit show and I left with dignity and then they put me on a blacklist. I was carrying around my own insecurities as it was something I had never done before and then I was abandoned, vilified in the tabloid press and blacklisted.

“I was told by my agent at the time: ‘The BBC regime is against you. You’re going to have to get out of the country and wait for regime change.’ So, I went away to America and I kept on working because that’s what my parents instilled in me.”

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