Thor director Taika Waititi forgot Natalie Portman was in Star Wars prequels

Awkward moment Thor director Taika Waititi FORGETS Natalie Portman was in the Star Wars prequels: ‘Should we do another take?’

Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi has admitted he forgot his film’s lead actress Natalie Portman appeared in three Star Wars movies in the early 2000s.

The New Zealand filmmaker, 46, said the gaffe was made worse by the fact he is lined up to helm the next movie in the blockbuster sci-fi franchise.

Waititi recalled his awkward conversation with the Oscar winner, 41, during an interview with Rolling Stone.

Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi (pictured) has admitted he forgot his film's lead actress Natalie Portman appeared in three Star Wars movies in the early 2000s

Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi (pictured) has admitted he forgot his film’s lead actress Natalie Portman appeared in three Star Wars movies in the early 2000s 

He had asked the Portman if she ever wanted to appear in a Star Wars movie, and she politely reminded him she’d already done three.

‘She said to me, “What are you up to next?” I said, “Oh, I’m trying to work on a Star Wars thing. Have you ever wanted to be in a Star Wars movie?” Waititi said.

‘She said, “I’ve been in a Star Wars movie,’ and I went  “…should we do another take?”‘

Portman had her big break starring as Queen Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which was released in 1999. 

Portman had her big break starring as Queen Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which was released in 1999

Portman had her big break starring as Queen Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which was released in 1999 

She reprised her role in Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith,. The prequel trilogy grossed a then-record US$2.5 billion at the box office.

Lucasfilm announced in May 2020 that the next Star Wars film will be directed and co-written by Waititi.

The script will be co-written by Scottish screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who earned an Oscar nomination for her work on 1917.   

The New Zealand filmmaker, 46, said the gaffe was made worse by the fact he is lined up to helm the next movie in the blockbuster sci-fi franchise. (Waititi is seen with Tessa Thompson, left, and Natalie Portman, right, at the London premiere of Thor: Love and Thunder on July 5)

The New Zealand filmmaker, 46, said the gaffe was made worse by the fact he is lined up to helm the next movie in the blockbuster sci-fi franchise. (Waititi is seen with Tessa Thompson, left, and Natalie Portman, right, at the London premiere of Thor: Love and Thunder on July 5)

Waititi is no stranger to the Star Wars Universe, and previously directed the season finale of Disney+’s The Mandalorian and played the part of droid IG-11.

While the film has no official release date, Waititi told Rolling Stone it won’t be released this year because he’ll be in New Zealand from August until December. 

‘I’m never gonna please the fans,’ he said.

‘You know, I don’t want to mess with something that’s so treasured. Also, you feel like you’ve got to do a lot of research… and I don’t have any time.’

Portman reprises her role in Thor: Love and Thunder as Jane Foster, who takes on the role of the Mighty Thor and teams up with her ex-boyfriend Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to tackle Gorr (Christian Bale), a villain set on killing all gods.

The actress, who did not appear in the third Thor film and hasn’t been in the MCU since 2013, recently admitted she felt like a bit of an ‘outsider’ on set.

Portman reprises her role in Thor: Love and Thunder as Jane Foster, who takes on the role of the Mighty Thor and teams up with her ex-boyfriend Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to tackle Gorr (Christian Bale), a villain set on killing all gods

Portman reprises her role in Thor: Love and Thunder as Jane Foster, who takes on the role of the Mighty Thor and teams up with her ex-boyfriend Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to tackle Gorr (Christian Bale), a villain set on killing all gods 

Since Waititi, Hemsworth and fellow co-star Tessa Thompson had all previously worked together ‘so successfully’ on 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, Portman said she had to ‘figure out how to fit in’ with them.

‘They’re just the nicest people, and also I know Chris and Tessa so well from previous work together, and also I had done Thor movies twice before,’ she told Vogue Australia.

She continued: ‘So there was a lot of familiarity and comfort in that world too, but it was this weird mix of being the veteran and the newbie at the same time. I was there at the beginning. But at the same time, you’re the outsider to this group.’ 

The actress, who did not appear in the third Thor film and hasn't been in the MCU since 2013, recently admitted she felt like a bit of an 'outsider' on set

The actress, who did not appear in the third Thor film and hasn’t been in the MCU since 2013, recently admitted she felt like a bit of an ‘outsider’ on set 

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