WEEK IN WOMEN: Portman to Play Female THOR -Brandy McConnell reports

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Natalie Portman has been declared worthy to wield the hammer of Thor. Writer-director Taika Watiti, who directed 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok and will return to helm Thor 4,  presented Portman with the superhero’s hammer Saturday during the Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con International.

After playing astrophysicist Jane Foster, Thor’s love interest, in the first two movies in the Marvel series, the Oscar winner will portray the female Thor in the fourth installment, titled Thor: Love and Thunder.

The film will open in theaters in fall 2021. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.