katdennings 290 'Thor': Kat Dennings joins friend Natalie PortmanNeed a job? It’s good to be friends with Natalie Portman.

Okay, so Kat Dennings has the kind of pedigree (“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”) that makes casting directors drool; we bet Portman’s word was icing on the cake.

Dennings will join a prestigious cast including Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, stage actor Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth and director Kenneth Branagh.

She’ll reportedly be playing Darcy, a friend of Portman’s character. We don’t know of an obvious analog in the Thor comics, but Dennings is a big enough name that we suspect she’ll get a meatier role than “best friend” would suggest.

“Thor” has a tentative release date of May 20, 2011.

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Posted by:Andy Grieser