Creed Breakout Tessa Thompson Bound For Thor: Ragnarok, Natalie Portman Not Returning

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Creed Breakout Tessa Thompson Bound For Thor: Ragnarok, Natalie Portman Not Returning

Tessa Thompson is bound for the Seven Realms now that the Creed breakout has joined the cast of Thor: Ragnarok, replacing Natalie Portman as the threequel’s female lead.

Having played the role of Dr. Jane Foster across both Thor and The Dark World – not to mention off-screen mentions in the Avengers – word of Portman exiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe is fairly surprising. Incidentally, Thompson and Portman will soon share the screen for Alex Garland’s adaptation of Annihilation.

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That said, when it comes to today’s casting news, sources close to production cite that Thompson has closed a deal to play a fellow superhero opposite Chris Hemsworth’s returning God of Thunder, one who may very well be in line to star in multiple movies beyond Ragnarok.

Production on Taika Waititi’s sci-fi threequel is due to get underway in July of this year, when the superhero tentpole will set up shop Down Under. Plot details remain locked away in the golden vaults of Asgard, although we do know that Cate Blanchett is all but confirmed as Hela, the Asgardian Goddess of Death.

A classic foe to Thor throughout the comics, having an actress of Blanchett’s calibre is exciting in and of itself, and we can hardly wait to see the Australian thesp light up the big screen late next year.

Thor: Ragnarok is set to launch into orbit in time for November 3, 2017. Tom Hiddleston, Jamie Alexander and Mark Ruffalo headline the core cast.