In the countless Star Wars movies of the past decade, many characters have been introduced and killed. The 2018 Disney movie Solo: A Star Wars Story revealed the backstory of legendary hero Han Solo (Elden Ehrenreich) and his girlfriend, Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke). During this film, Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), a mobster who regularly committed robberies, was introduced. His wife, Val, was played by Thandiwe Newton, but the character didn’t last long in the film.
Newton’s character was killed early in the film after a robbery went wrong.
The 48-year-old actor has now spoken out about seeing her character’s journey hampered before it had a chance to blossom.
She said in a new interview, “I felt disappointed by Star Wars that my character was killed. And in the script, she wasn’t killed. It happened during filming.
“It had a lot more to do with the time we had to do the scenes. It’s much easier to just let me die than to drop me into a vacuum of space so I can come back someday.” (via Reverse)
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Star Wars movie Solo involved the death of Val.
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Solo, made by Disney, was made famous by issues surrounding the previous directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, which led to the film being abandoned midway through production. Their departure forced Ron Howard to intervene and reshoot some scenes.
Newton argued that her character “could come back at some point” instead of being killed off.
She said, “But when we were filming, as far as I’m concerned and I was aware of filming that scene, it was too big a set to create, so they just let me blow up and I’m done.”
Although the death scene was filmed and eventually made into the movie, Newton disagreed with the decision. She said, “I remember thinking, ‘This is a big, big mistake.'”
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Newton continued, “Not because of me, not because I wanted to come back. You’re not killing the first black woman to ever have a real role in a Star Wars movie.”
She added: “Like, are you kidding?”
Although Newton’s character lost any chance of returning, the planned sequels to Solo: A Star Wars Story were later scrapped.
This means that the series probably won’t see any of the newly introduced characters – except for one.
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Emilia Clarke’s character, Qi’ra, was also introduced in Solo and eventually became the next leader of the gangster organization.
While the film’s sequels will not be produced, Qi’ra has recently been brought back in comic form.
When she heard about Qi’ra’s return, Clarke gushed, “It means so much. It means the absolute world. I know her backstory. I know her history.
“Maybe the film didn’t make it there, but it was such an honor and privilege to be part of that universe as an actor.”
Clarke continued: “So to see the character actually taken to the origin of everything – bringing it to the family that way – cemented it in a certain way. I didn’t expect to feel as moved as I was with that.”
Solo made one of the lowest box offices of all Star Wars films, claiming $392 million on a $275 million budget.
Earlier this year, director Howard said of Solo, “No sequel is planned.”
The Star Wars movies are now available on Disney Plus.
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