Monday 25 June 2018

Thandie Newton: Star Wars role is a big deal

The British actress said a toy of her Star Wars character will be made.

Thandie Newton
Thandie Newton

By Julia Hunt, Press Association Entertainment Correspondent

Star Wars newcomer Thandie Newton has said she is the first woman of colour to have a prominent role in the space saga.

The British actress, 45, is in the forthcoming Han Solo spin-off film, although little is known about her part or the plot.

However, she has now teased that her role will be a significant one, telling Radio Times magazine: “I’m the first woman of colour to have a prominent role in the Star Wars legacy.

Sci-fi really captures people’s attention like nothing else, but the fans are absolutely bonkers Thandie Newton

“There have been others with one line and Lupita Nyong’o was a computer-generated character (The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi), but you didn’t get to see the colour of her skin.

“I’m the first. I’m going to have a toy and everything.

“It’s exciting, but that’s all I can say. It is a big deal.”

The Line Of Duty star will be joined by Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is due to be released in the UK in May.

Newton also stars in science fiction Western TV series Westworld.

“Sci-fi really captures people’s attention like nothing else, but the fans are absolutely bonkers,” she said.

“I took my four-year-old to a park in Los Angeles last year, but I didn’t realise there was a huge Star Wars convention taking place up the road. All these grown-up men dressed as Stormtroopers were riding around on a kids’ train in the park.

“It was the most surreal sight.”

The Radio Times is out on Tuesday.

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