Natalie Portman In Episode VII?
Ok, file this under massive speculation, and I mean massive. Fashion N Style (See, I said massive speculation) is reporting that Natalie Portman is excited for the new film, is a fan of J.J.’s and would love to reprise her role of Padme.
Now this is just a bit of fun speculation but could this be a possibility?
Miss Portman is without a doubt one of the finest actors of her generation. Her turn as Padme was fantastic. I’ll point to the scene where she confronts Anakin in the “you’re going down a path I cannot follow…” moment; this scene gives me chills where many other elements of the movie leave me cold. I’d welcome her back. But how..?
I think I’m right in saying that Padme’s character in the EU, long before the prequels, so before she even had a name, was a White Witch and had some kind of connection to the force, so she could potentially become one with the force and appear as a ghost, perhaps exclusively to Leia. That would be interesting.
UPDATE: The more I think about this possibility the more sense it makes. In Jedi Leia says she can remember her mother, images and feelings. We now know that this isn’t possible post prequels, unless Padme was appearing to Leia in a “living force” type visitation. Leia could hone this skill and we’d have her exchanging dialogue with a young Padme.
The report suggests a hologram (although the misspelled in as holocaust, most unfortunate!). This is admittedly more likely. Surely there are hours of recordings of Padme due to her nature as a public figure. Leia could be studying her political prowess, this would give Miss Portman an in. In the Hologram camp; we could also see Padme in a holocron. Perhaps discussing her concerns about Anakin. It would be nice to see a fresh perspective and not just retread the events if the prequels. Reframe Padme’s view of Anakin and provide a new texture to their relationship.
In short we have a wealth of personalities keen to reprise their roles in the films, Sam Jackson, Miss Portman, Ewan McGregor and Billy Dee Williams have all spoken publicly about their interests. There are ways to include everyone, and once you start considering the possibilities new narrative ideas emerge that are very exciting. Let’s hope we hear something solid soon.
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