Thandiwe Newton 'disappointed' her Star Wars character was killed off

Thandiwe Newton has hit out at the creators of Star Wars for killing off her character in the movie.

The actress, 48, was the first ever Black woman to have a major role in a Star Wars film, appearing as Val in Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018.

Her character died in the film after she detonated a bomb that destroyed a bridge.

Speaking to Inverse, she said of her exit: ‘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 so much more just to do it 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.’

Thandiwe said that, when the explosion happened in the film, Val fell with the audience not knowing where she had gone, giving writers the ability to bring her back.

However, she claims they missed an opportunity by killing her off, adding: ‘You don’t kill off the first Black woman to ever have a real role in a Star Wars movie. Like, are you f**king joking?’

Thandiwe recently hit headlines when she reclaimed her original name after it was misspelt in the credits of her first film in 1991.

The star played a character with the same name in the flick Flirting and, while her character’s name was correctly spelled Thandiwe, her real name was listed as Thandie, and she chose not to correct it for 30 years.

She explained to Vogue magazine: ‘That’s my name. It’s always been my name. I’m taking back what’s mine.’

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