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The Only Problem With Thandie Newton's Solo Character Is That There Isn't Enough of Her

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Warning: very mild spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story below!

When we first meet Val, a smuggler, in the beginning of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Han (Alden Ehrenreich) stumbles upon her and Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) in the middle of plotting a heist - and he wants in. From there, Han, who has just unexpectedly met and joined forces with Chewie (Joonas Suotamo), travels with Beckett and Val to the snowy mountains where they're supposed to pull off an epic, midair caper. With her quick wit and sarcastic blows to her partner, Beckett, Val (played perfectly by Thandie Newton) quickly becomes one of the standout performances of the film.

Adding to our love of the character is the fact that Newton is the first black woman to play a major role in a Star Wars film, an accomplishment that she isn't taking lightly. "I

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