In a recent development that has excited Star Wars fans worldwide, Natalie Portman, who played Queen Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, has expressed her openness to return to the iconic role. This comes despite her character’s death in “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith,” which marked a pivotal moment in the series, pushing Anakin Skywalker to abandon the Jedi path and succumb to the dark side of the Force.
The Disney+ Star Wars shows have revisited earlier timelines in the Star Wars universe, with actors like Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen reprising their roles as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin/Darth Vader respectively. However, Padmé Amidala has not yet made an appearance.
While the character of Padmé was not necessary for the narrative of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, and it’s hard to envision a new spin-off or prequel focusing on her, Natalie Portman has shown interest in returning if the opportunity arises. In an interview with GQ, the Academy Award-winning actress mentioned that she hasn’t been approached about reprising the role but would be “open to it.”
Fans are speculating on how Padmé could return in a present-day storyline. While it’s unlikely that Lucasfilm would resurrect her character (avoiding another “somehow, the Emperor returned” scenario), the possibility of Padmé appearing as a Force Ghost or in a vision or dream is being discussed. Although Padmé was not a Jedi, this doesn’t rule out her potential appearance in such a context.
While these are mere speculations, the prospect of Natalie Portman returning to the Star Wars universe has certainly stirred excitement among fans. If Portman is willing to reprise her role as Padmé, fans are eager to see how the creators will find a way to bring her back.
This news comes amid a resurgence of interest in the Star Wars franchise, with new series and spin-offs being released on Disney+. The possibility of seeing familiar faces from the original and prequel trilogies has added to the anticipation and excitement surrounding the future of the Star Wars universe.