Thandiwe Newton had a few words to say to the creatives at Lucasfilm for prematurely killing Val in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
It seems as if the evils that Solo: A Star Wars Story suffered only get bigger as time goes on. The film was bogged down by production problems, and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were replaced by Ron Howard mid-production. This resulted in numerous rewrites and recordings, and some key changes that drastically altered the direction of the film. Thandiwe Newton, who played Val, opened up to Reverse about how his character didn’t originally die in the movie.
Speaking to the outlet, Thandiwe Newton revealed that Val did not die on the original script. In case you’ve forgotten, Newton’s Val caused quite a stir, only to die in the Star Wars movie release time. Why? Due to cost reduction measures.
“I was disappointed in Star Wars because my character was killed. And in fact, in the script, they didn’t kill her. It happened during filming. And it had a lot more to do with the time we had to do the scenes. It is much easier to make me die than to fall into the void of space so that I can return at some point. “
“That’s what it was originally: that the explosion and she falls down and you don’t know where she’s gone. So it could have come back at some point. But when we got to filming, as far as I was concerned and aware, when it came to filming that scene, it was too big a set to create, so they blew me away and I was done. “
The actor continued to berate Lucasfilm for killing the first black woman to have a leading role in a Star Wars Film.
“But I remembered that at that moment I thought, ‘This is a big, big mistake,’ not because of me, not because I wanted to go back. You don’t kill the first black woman to have a real role in a Star Wars movie. Are you kidding? “
It’s extremely disappointing that Lucasfilm didn’t go ahead with the original plans they had for Thandiwe Newton’s Val. The character was really interesting and acted as a rational counterpart to Woody Harrelson’s Beckett, whom Val was married to. Solo: A Star Wars Story It received mostly positive reviews from critics, although the Lucasfilm production had a less than stellar performance at the box office.
Here is the official synopsis of Solo: A Star Wars Story:
Board the Millennium Falcon and travel to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, a new adventure featuring the galaxy’s most beloved scoundrel. Through a series of daring adventures deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his powerful future co-pilot Chewbacca and meets notorious gamer Lando Calrissian, on a journey that will set the course for one of the most unlikely Star Wars sagas. heroes.
Directed by Ron Howard from a script written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan, the film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandiwe Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany.
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