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Solo: A Star Wars Story (Out May 25)

In a galaxy far, far away, Thandie Newton is breaking down walls: She’s the first woman of color to have a lead role in Star Wars. It’s a mission she never thought would happen. “Growing up in the U.K., I can’t tell you what it meant to see people that looked like me on screen. It was so rare,” she recalls to Us. “Often in subservient positions or comic roles. I still adored movies, but the subliminal message was that I didn’t belong in that world, and neither did other people of color.” Those thoughts are no longer. “Knowing what it means for young fans, who will always believe that their brown sisters, mothers, daughters are cool enough, good enough to be part of the greatest film franchise,” Newton raves, “it makes me feel relieved and deeply proud.”