In the famed Star Wars prequel series, Natalie Portman was a standout, bringing life to the character of Padmé Amidala. Now, it appears she would be open to returning if extended an invitation by Lucasfilm.
This revelation came to light during her participation in GQ’s interactive segment, Actually Me, where she responded to a Reddit query about the potential comeback of both her and her character in future Star Wars ventures.
“I have no information on this,” she said. “No one’s ever asked me to return, but I’m open to it.”
In the same video, Portman delved into the creative influences behind Padmé’s attire and revealed an intriguing anecdote from Episode II – Attack of the Clones. She confessed to having held onto one of Anakin’s braids from the film, a memento that unfortunately went missing at a later stage.
She also amusingly affirmed that Taika Waititi, in a momentary lapse of memory, had forgotten her previous involvement in the franchise and queried her interest in participating in a Star Wars film.
In the prequels, Padmé Amidala is a committed senator who champions galaxy-wide liberty, all while covertly being wed to Jedi knight Anakin Skywalker. Although Padmé’s narrative arc reached its end in Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, the possibility of her comeback is not entirely improbable.
The Disney+ series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, has already pulled off epic comebacks for Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker and Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi. Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn, originally from Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, also made a return to the series.
Padmé’s story arcs have further unfolded in various Star Wars platforms, including a trilogy of young adult books and the popular Clone Wars television series.
Considering the comeback of the characters previously mentioned (and Padmé’s resurgence in other Star Wars media), the odds seem promising that a call to Portman might be on the horizon.