Val, the Level-Headed Sharpshooter

When I heard Thandie Newton was joining the cast of Solo: A Star Wars Story I was super interested in seeing who her character would end up being. Would she be an Imperial villain or an awesome smuggler? Well, she’s the latter and I couldn’t be more excited to see her character in the film.


Throughout the movie’s marketing they have been keeping her character highly under wraps and I don’t know if that means she’ll have a smaller part than expected or she is so awesome LucasFilm wants to keep her role secret so we can truly enjoy her to the fullest once we see her in theaters.

I couldn’t be more excited to see her. While there have been major black male characters throughout the various trilogies and the previous Star Wars story there haven’t been any black women to take a front row seat in the franchise, besides Lupita N’Yongo’s Maz Kanata, but she doesn’t count because she plays a CGI-created alien. Disney has really turned Star Wars around and has made it an inclusive franchise and I honestly couldn’t be happier. To see incredibly awesome characters that look like me is part of the reason why these new Star Wars movies have become so great.

I already know Val will probably, after this film, be one of my favorite new female characters in Star Wars because of her mysteriousness and she’s one of the reasons why I’m excitedly waiting for Solo next week.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fabulous day.

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