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Feels like ‘Star Wars’ has been part of our culture since the beginning of time: Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton, who features in the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, says she has been a fan of the franchise since always.

Newton plays Val in the upcoming Han Solo stand-alone project directed by Ron Howard.

“‘Star Wars’ has been in our midst for so many years. I remember as a child, just absolutely loving Princess Leia and Chewbacca and C-3PO, all these characters that just sort of entered your consciousness and never went away.

“So it’s a modern set of films, but it feels like it’s been part of our culture since the beginning of time. I guess that’s partly because of the whole futuristic element of Star Wars,” Newton said in a statement.

For her role in “Solo”, Newton performed a lot of her stunts on her own and the actor said even though initially she had doubts, but once she got into performing the action sequences she started enjoying them.

“The biggest chunk of work for me was stunt training. Definitely. Most of my time was spent preparing for the work I then had to do. But I absolutely loved it. I would go to work initially wondering how I’m going to do this, even though I trained and everything, but it just looked death defying. Then by the end of the day, I’d done it. So I feel like I’ve been to the university of stunts,” she said.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story”, also features Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany.

Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are the producers.

The film is set to be released on May 25.

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