Natalie Portman, who portrayed Padme Amidala in the Star Wars prequel movies directed by George Lucas in the late 1990s and 2000s, expressed her openness to a potential return to the space opera franchise. Although her last appearance in a Star Wars film was in 2005, Portman, now 41, revealed during a GQ video series that she would consider reprising her role if given the opportunity.
While engaging with fan questions, Portman stumbled upon a Reddit post where a Star Wars enthusiast pondered the possibility of her return as Padme in a future project. In response, she stated, “I have no information on this. No one’s ever asked me to return, but I’m open to it.”
Padme’s character played a significant role as the love interest of Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and the eventual mother to twins Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa. However, her character’s death in Revenge of the Sith in 2005 has kept her out of subsequent projects set later in the franchise’s timeline.
During the GQ video segment, Portman also recounted an amusing incident with her Thor: Love and Thunder director, Taika Waititi. Waititi had forgotten that she had previously starred in Star Wars and jokingly asked her if she would like to be in a Star Wars movie. Portman initially believed it was a prank due to Waititi’s sense of humor but later realized he genuinely forgot about her Star Wars involvement.
While Lucasfilm recently announced plans for new Star Wars films, including Daisy Ridley’s return to the franchise, there are no indications of any projects that would bring Portman back as Padme.
Meanwhile, Portman’s latest film, May December, premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.