Thandiwe Newton is upset about her character’s demise in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but it surely’s not as a result of she desires to come back again to the favored intergalactic franchise.
The Westworld and Memory star instructed Inverse that her character was really scripted to stay within the 2018 Han Solo stand-alone, which underwent a director change and featured intensive reshooting earlier than making its approach to theaters. Newton says a good filming schedule resulted in her character dying in a bridge explosion after she units off a bomb.
“I felt upset by Star Wars that my character was killed,” Newton mentioned of her character’s demise. “And, really, within the script, she wasn’t killed. It occurred throughout filming.”
In keeping with Newton, the unique plan for her character nonetheless concerned the explosion however together with her falling out into area “and also you don’t know the place she’s gone.” The choice then to positively kill off her character, Val — one amongst a gaggle of three heisters — “was way more simply to do with the time we needed to do the scenes.” To Newton’s information, “it was too large a set-piece to create, so they only had me blow up and I’m carried out.”
“It’s a lot simpler simply to have me die than it’s to have me fall right into a vacuum of area so I can come again someday,” she defined.
The scripted ending would have left room for Newton’s character to probably seem once more if ever known as upon, however that risk is now not on the desk and it frustrates Newton — who known as the choice a mistake — for one particular motive.
“I remembered on the time considering, ‘It is a huge, huge mistake’ — not due to me, not as a result of I needed to come back again,” she mentioned. “You don’t kill off the primary Black lady to ever have an actual position in a Star Wars film. Like, are you fucking joking?”