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Thandiwe Newton Calls Out Her 'Star Wars' Character's Death, Explains the Real Story Behind It

Thandiwe Newton Calls Out Her 'Star Wars' Character's Death, Explains the Real Story Behind It

You may remember that Thandiwe Newton starred in Solo: A Star Wars Story as Val and her character was killed off in an explosion.

Thandiwe made history as the first Black woman to have a major role in the franchise. Well, now she’s telling the story about what happened behind the scenes. Her character was not originally supposed to die.

Click inside to see the story behind her character’s death…

“I felt disappointed by Star Wars that my character was killed. And, actually, in the script, she wasn’t killed. It happened during filming. And it was much more just to do with the time we had to do the scenes. It’s much easier just to have me die than it is to have me fall into a vacuum of space so I can come back sometime,” she told Inverse. “That’s what it originally was: that the explosion and she falls out and you don’t know where she’s gone. So I could have come back at some point. But when we came to filming, as far as I was concerned and was aware, when it came to filming that scene, it was too huge a set-piece to create, so they just had me blow up and I’m done.”

Thandiwe added, “But I remembered at the time thinking, ‘This is a big, big mistake’ — not because of me, not because I wanted to come back. You don’t kill off the first Black woman to ever have a real role in a ‘Star Wars’ movie. Like, are you f*cking joking?”

A few months ago, Thandiwe opened up about taking back her birth name after it was changed without her consent on a film she was once a part of.

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