Thandie Newton says that the new Han Solo film is “really different” from many or most of her other projects, including cyber-western Westworld where she plays Maeve Millay. Speaking to The Wrap, she had this to say about her experience thus far in the Disney Star War production working with Alden Ehrenreich (young Han Solo):
It’s fantastic, I’m loving [it]. It’s different from anything else I have done or am doing. … I can’t tell you [why]. It’s just different, OK? It’s just really different.
My take: Despite the thin explanation, Thandie Newton appears to be a varied, disciplined and talented actress who has, as far as I know, never tried to overtly employ her sexuality or sex as a means of clambering up the Hollywood ladder. She seems principled, without resorting to the tricks other actresses, such as Sharon Stone and Jennifer Lawrence, have tried and used before to raise their stature artificially. And while I’m not a huge fan of her work, I think whatever praise she has earned, she’s earned the hard way through difficult work. I look forward to seeing her in the new Star Wars Han Solo spin-off, or not, as I probably will never watch it.