Movie Star Portman Is Best Known Geek Thanks To Branagh

HOLLYWOOD superstar Natalie Portman has managed to turn herself into LA’s best known geek.

Comic news site Nerdage made her 19th in their list of actresses with geek appeal and it’s all thanks to our own Kenneth Branagh.

Natalie was Princess Leia’s mom, starring in the three Star Wars prequels and was in V for Vendetta (based on Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s graphic novel) with Belfast actor Stephen Rea.

Then last year, she was cast as Jane Foster in the Marvel Comics-based Thor film which was directed by Belfast born director Kenneth.

Speaking of the role she said: “I just thought it sounded like a weird idea because Kenneth Branagh’s directing it, so I was just like, ‘Kenneth Branagh doing Thor is super-weird. I’ve gotta do it’.” Thor is scheduled for a May 2011 release.

By Tina Calder