Thandie Newton honours British Nigerian Star Wars actress Femi Taylor at BFI Solo screening... =====================================================================================
At the @BFI's special screening of #SoloAStarWarsStory celebrating the #BFIFilmAcademy scheme, speaking to its head of cinema and events, @gaylenegould @thandieandkay discussed her historical casting as the 1st woman of colour in a lead role across the entire #StarWars franchise (40 years, 11 films) .
She mentioned the importance of her #VivienneWestwood dress that she wore in #Cannes, which had photographed images of her own collection of black Star Wars action figures incorporated into the designer gown. That she wanted to pay homage, to the actors who had paved the way for her to be cast, also with her children in mind.
Newton also invited Femi Taylor, a British Nigerian actress who was cast as #JabbaTheHutt’s Twi’lek slave dancer Oola in #ReturnOfTheJedi (1983) but no one would know because she was painted green.
Plot twist, someone on Twitter told Thandie that Taylor had, in fact, portrayed her mother in Newton’s first ever film which would have been #Flirting (1991)
Solo is in UK cinemas now.
#TBBscreen #ThandieNewton #FemiTaylor #Respect #Legends #BritishBlacktress #BritishBlackTalent #Legacy #BlackWomen #Sisterhood