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Unfortunately, Portman was increasingly difficult to deal with on set- some of the crew say she made several actresses playing her handmaidens, including Keira Knightley (age twelve in The Phantom Menace), cry in the previous prequels, allegedly for the crime of talking to her without permission.
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Chris Taylor, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe (p 343)

I am so fucking depressed after reading Natalie Portman won’t be returning as Jane. I knew there were possibilities of that happening but the fact that Marvel won’t even recast her and will be possibly throwing another pointless love interest at Thor is just disrespectful.
What bothers me even more is that not only they invested in building a relationship between Thor and Jane for four films (yes, FOUR because they mentioned her in TA and AoU, and gave us hope) but also now they are completely destroying it.
I am absolutely crushed. And my excitement for Thor: Ragnarok has completely vanished. I only will be watching it for Chris and Cate Blanchett, who I think are way too good for Marvel.

Natalie Portman with old books.

Portman studied ballet and modern dance at the American Theater Dance Workshop and attended the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. In 2003, Portman graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. degree in psychology. “I don’t care if [college] ruins my career,” she told the New York Post. “I’d rather be smart than a movie star.”

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Scarlett Johansson : A major part of why I joined the project, is because Natalie was involved. I’ve been a huge fan of Natalie’s for a long time, and I’ve always loved her choices and her performances. I’d never had the opportunity to work on such an even playing field with my peer. It was a great opportunity for both of us I think.Natalie Portman : I read the script and loved it and came on as Anne. I said I only want to do it if Scarlett does it. I had watched her for so long, since we were kids, and she’s so true always, and so good. Like Scarlett was saying, you just never get the chance to work with someone your own age that you so admire. It was such a great, great chance.