Natalie Portman Is Open to Returning to 'Star Wars' as Padmé
Natalie Portman is game to return to the Star Wars universe as Padmé Amidala — a role she first played 24 years ago, in Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace. All she needs is a call from Lucasfilm.
In response to a question from a Reddit user in GQ's "Actually Me" series, which inquired about Portman's return as the character in a forthcoming film or television project, she said, "No one's ever asked me to return, but I'm open to it."
While her character's original storyline came to a conclusion in Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith, Padmé's potential return is not all that unlikely. Hayden Christensen's Anakin Skywalker and Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi both reappeared in Disney+'s series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, 17 years following their respective conclusions in Revenge of the Sith. Further, Liam Neeson's Qui-Gon Jinn, from Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, also reappeared for the series, making the case for Padmé's revival that much more tangible.
While Padmé's story has not yet continued on-screen in live action, it has received new chapters in a trilogy of young adult books as well as the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Given the return of the aforementioned characters (and Padmé's multimedia revival elsewhere), perhaps the chances are high that Portman could receive the call soon.
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