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Image Source: Everett CollectionWarning: 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 stumbles upon her and Tobias Beckett in the middle of plotting a heist – and he wants in. From there, Han, who has just unexpectedly met and joined forces with Chewie , 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 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 am the first dark-skinned woman in a lead role in the Star Wars legacy, which is both great, that it is finally a correction, and awful, that it’s taken this long,” Newton explained to The Guardian in May. While sadly the badass Val doesn’t stick around Solo for that long, that’s all she needs to make an impression. POPSUGAR

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