Westworld and Solo: A Star Wars Story star Thandie Newton plays sci-fi characters unafraid to wear their personalities on their sleeves. Sleeves or not, in real life, Newton isn’t pulling any punches, either. At the Cannes screening of Solo, ahead of her debut in the film, Newton wore a dress printed with action figures of all the black Star Wars characters. Which, admittedly, aren’t many, even with Donald Glover reprising Billy Dee Williams’ caped mantle as Lando Calrissian.
There’s John Boyega’ Finn, Samuel L. Jackson’s Mace Windu, Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera, and Hugh Quarshie’s Captain Panaka. And Newton’s newly added Val is the only lady on the short list. So seeing these characters represented in such an inventive way is an exciting emphasis on calling out their presence while commenting on diversity in the saga.
The dress, which featured photos of Newton’s personal action figures, was featured on Newton’s stylist’s Instagram. Erin Walsh went into detail on the creation process and shared some high-res design photos:
“Thandie had the brilliant idea to make a dress covered in a print with photos of iconic black @starwars characters,” Walsh wrote. “She wanted to celebrate her role in the iconic history of the franchise!! She is the first black woman onscreen in a @starwars movie with a leading role.”
Solo hits theaters May 25.