Natalie Portman, known for her iconic role as Padme Amidala in Star Wars, has expressed her openness to returning to the franchise. Given the recent surge of nostalgia in the Star Wars universe, it seems like a fitting idea.
Ever since the resurgence of Star Wars TV shows on Disney Plus, it really pushed a lot of nostalgic buttons. The return of Boba Fett, the return of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka, Thrawn, and the entire Rebels crew just really felt that Lucasfilm is really channelling the fans familiar with the franchise while introducing new ones.
Just a year ago, we saw the return of both Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen as Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker in the Obi-Wan series. It was a major callback to the prequel trilogy since the show also included Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse and Jimmy Smiths.
Considering these factors, it’s only natural to wonder why Portman shouldn’t also make a comeback to the Star Wars universe.
Natalie Portman Is Open To Coming Back To Star Wars
In a recent GQ Actually Me segment on YouTube, Portman answers questions about her on the internet. There are topics about Marvel’s Thor, Black Swan, Leon: The Professional and other films. Of course, Star Wars is also one of her best-known roles, so there are a few questions about that too.
A post on Reddit by Samiyla asked in a general discussion on Star Wars:
Any chance that Padme / Natalie Portman returns to Star Wars? Her character really deserves it with the way she was treated in Revenge of the Sith & overall importance for the OT story
I have no information on this. No one’s ever asked me to return, but I’m open to it.
It’s not impossible to consider the idea. However, we must take into account that Padme’s character died in Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. Reviving her, like Emperor Palpatine’s return in Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker, doesn’t make much sense to me. Nevertheless, the recent Disney+ shows have taken a different approach that does make sense. They focus on stories where the characters are still alive or incorporate flashbacks.
Seeing Hayden Christensen in his old padawan attire and training alongside Ewan McGregor was enjoyable. It reminded us of who they were and provided insight into Anakin’s mindset. The flashbacks also explain why Obi-Wan didn’t want to harm Anakin.
If Hayden Christensen Could Return, Natalie Portman Could Too
Personally, I would like to see a similar exploration of Portman’s Padme. I want a story that places the spotlight on her character. I am still not entirely convinced by Anakin and Padme’s relationship. I need a reason to believe in their connection. Although there are numerous justifications for their bond, I simply don’t feel it seeing it on film.
While a love story between them may not be necessary, I believe that Portman’s portrayal of Padme can offer more depth than what was depicted on the big screen.
So far, we have witnessed various stories featuring Padme’s character that didn’t rely on Portman’s portrayal. Padme’s story has been told through comics, animation, games, audiobooks, and more. Catherine Taber has voiced Padme, bringing not only the Queen but also other characters from the Star Wars universe to life, including Princess Leia.
Additionally, there are books that delve into Amidala’s story, such as Queen’s Shadow, Queen’s Peril, and Queen’s Hope by E.K. Johnston.
Regardless, seeing Portman reprise her iconic role would be truly amazing. As a fan of the franchise, I would eagerly anticipate such an experience if it were to become a reality.
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