Natalie Portman in "Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of The Sith"

Natalie Portman Is Willing To Return To ‘Star Wars’, But ‘Nobody Ever Asked’

Natalie Portman has waited nearly 20 years to reprise her role in the ‘Star Wars’ prequel.

The ‘May December’ actress revealed during a GQ career retrospective (below) that after playing Padmé Amidala in the ‘Star Wars’ prequel trilogy films, she’s ‘willing’ to return to the franchise, but she isn’t been asked.

“I have no information about it. No one has ever asked me back, but I’m open to it,” Portman told GQ.

Portman’s last appearance as Padmé was in the 2005 film “Revenge of the Sith,” in which the character apparently died. Padmé was the love interest of Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and the mother of twins Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa.

Portman even wrote back to his ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ director, Taika Waititi, forgetting that he was in ‘Star Wars. Waititi will write and direct an upcoming ‘Star Wars’ feature film that deviates from the franchise’s main characters.

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“He says he did it because he liked asking me if I wanted to be in a ‘Star Wars’ movie and I was like, ‘I was,’” Portman recalled. “I thought he was joking. He’s such a joker I thought it was a joke. And then later he said in some interviews that afterward it was like shivering.

“Star Wars” producer Kathleen Kennedy confirmed in April 2023 that Waititi is still working on her as-yet-untitled film.

“Taika is still working,” Kennedy said. “He’s writing the script himself. He really doesn’t want to involve others in that process and I don’t blame him. He has a very unique voice. So we want to protect him and that’s what he’s doing. But we will one day.”

The release of the film is currently dated December 19, 2025.

Waititi teases his vision for ‘Star Wars’ will ‘expand’ the universe behind the sci-fi franchise. “I would like to take something new and create some new characters and just expand the world, otherwise it feels like it’s a very small story,” she said in June 2022.

The Oscar winner ‘Jojo Rabbit’ is also believed to star in the film.