Thandie Newton Is Proud To Be The 'First Woman Of Colour' To Have A Leading Role In 'Star Wars'

Star Wars newcomer Thandie Newton is super proud and excited to be the first woman of colour(!!!) to have a prominent role in the ever-popular space saga, which now spans more than four decades. 

The British actress, who stars as Val in the forthcoming Han Solo spin-off film, said the opportunity to be part of the franchise (created by George Lucas in 1977) was iconic, and no short of a "big deal".

Thandie Newton in Solo: A Star Wars Story (Image: Lucasfilm)

Although little has been revealed about her part or the plot, Newton has offered up small chunks of information, and insists her role in the movie will be a significant one.

"I'm the first woman of colour to have a prominent role in the Star Wars legacy," she explains in the April 17 issue of the Radio Times magazine.

"There have been others with one line and Lupita Nyong'o was a computer-generated character - The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi - but you didn't get to see the colour of her skin," she said:

"I'm the first. I'm going to have a toy and everything. It's exciting, but that's all I can say. It is a big deal."

Newton claims her "really brief" appearance in the trailer (that was released earlier this month) tells us everything we need to know about her character.

"There she is holding what looks like a weapon and in a state of natural empowerment. You know, both the way she looks and her attitude," she told Entertainment Tonight.

"I loved playing the character. Loved it."

Newton, who also stars in HBO's science fiction Western series Westworld, says "sci-fi really captures people's attention like nothing else, but the fans are absolutely bonkers."

"I took my four-year-old to a park in Los Angeles last year, but I didn't realise there was a huge Star Wars convention taking place up the road," she explains.

"All these grown-up men dressed as Stormtroopers were riding around on a kids' train in the park. It was the most surreal sight."

Newton will be joined by Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is due to be released in May.

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