‘Star Wars’ Killed Off Its First Black Female Star, Actress Calls It a “Big Mistake” - Inside the Magic

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thandie newton (left) and ron howard (right)

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  1. Truthe

    She recently changed her name back to Thandiwe. Maybe this article needs updating

  2. Lobot

    I don’t think it was unfair, Val barely has anything to do in the film. We know virtually nothing about her, she’s like a redshirt in Star Trek. A nameless unknown character meant to die to heighten the action in the film.

  3. Ronaldo

    Her death was necessary to the development of Harrelson’s character. Finn on the other hand deserved better and the new trilogy would have been better if he had been the main character.

  4. Robert Williams

    This article is wrong let’s go down the list of black female actresses that came before her.
    1. Oola Played by: Femi Taylor Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi 1983
    2. Adi Gallia Played by: Gin Clarke Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 2002
    3. Stass Allie Played by: Nina Fallon Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 2002
    4. Luminara Unduli Played by: Mary Oyaya Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 2002
    5. Jedi Knight Played by: Aaliyah Williams Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005
    6. Tynnra Pamlo Played by: Sharon Duncan-Brewster Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016
    7. Resistance Transport Pilot Played by: Crystal Clarke Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens 2015
    8. Korr Sella Played by: Maisie Richardson-Sellers Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens 2015
    9. Derla Pidys Played by: Latesha Wilson Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi 2017
    10. Resistance Monitor Played by: Michaela Coel Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi 2017
    11. Maz Kanata Played by: Lupita Nyong’o Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi 2017
    This is just the list of black female actresses that came to Star Wars before her so she needs to get her Star Wars history straight. There is also a list of black female actresses that did voice acting for Star Wars animation that came before her too so the news media & Thandie Newton should do some research before excluding these other equally talented actresses that set a precedent before her.

    1. Jeremiah

      I agree. I’m tired of the victimhood mentality.

  5. Jeremiah

    Both of these actors need to realize they are not the first black characters in any major role or supporting role that happened to be black. I’m so tired of the “woe is me, I’m a victim ” mentality. This whole, “boo how, look at me, look at me” attitude is starting to turn a lot of people off from going to see more of their movies.

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