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Natalie Portman to co-star in 'Thor'

Anthony Dod Mantle, with Natalie Portman, stands with his Oscar for achievement in cinematoraphy for Slumdog Millionaire at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood on February 22, 2009. (UPI Photo/Phil McCarten)
Anthony Dod Mantle, with Natalie Portman, stands with his Oscar for achievement in cinematoraphy for "Slumdog Millionaire" at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood on February 22, 2009. (UPI Photo/Phil McCarten) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, July 14 (UPI) -- Israeli-born U.S. actress Natalie Portman has signed up to play Jane Foster in "Thor," the Marvel superhero picture Kenneth Branagh is to direct next year.

Portman has previously starred in the three most recently released installments in the "Star Wars" franchise, as well as "Beautiful Girls," "Garden State," "V for Vendetta" and "The Other Boleyn Girl."

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Variety.com said she will play the Norse warrior's love interest in "Thor," which is slated for theatrical release May 20, 2011.

The Internet Movie Data Base lists Chris Hemsworth as the actor set to play the film's titular hero.

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