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The Detail You May Not Have Noticed On Thandie Newton’s Cannes Dress

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We’ve been pouring over Cannes pictures for over a week now, and it’s the fascinating details that keep us coming back for more.

One of the most powerful details yet comes in the form of Thandie Newton’s Vivienne Westwood dress, which is overlaid with images of action figures of the black characters in the Star Wars universe.

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Finn, who was played by John Boyega, Mace Windu, played by Samuel L. Jackson, Captain Panaka, played by Hugh Quarshie and Saw Gerrera, played by Forest Whitaker all made an appearance in action figure form. There doesn’t appear to be an image of Lando Calrissian from the original Star Wars trilogy.

The fact that there are only four of them is the subject of another article entirely, but Thandie’s homage is a moving one since she’s the first woman of colour to have a leading role in a Star Wars film, ever.

The dress is custom made and uses Westwood’s 'Absence of Roses' print, and the action figures are from Thandie’s own collection of figurines.

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Newton will play the part of Val, a ‘no-nonsense and occasionally prickly woman who is a crack shot with a blaster rifle’ according to the Star Wars website, in the film which comes out in the UK on May 25.

She spoke about the landmark moment in an interview with Radio Times Magazine.

‘I'm the first woman of colour to have a prominent role in the Star Wars legacy’ she said.

‘There have been others with one line and Lupita Nyong'o was a computer generated character, but you didn't get to see the colour of her skin.

‘I'm the first. I'm going to have a toy and everything. It's exciting, but that's all I can say. It's a big deal.'

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Our current fave Donald Glover will also appear in the film, playing smooth-talking smuggler turned selfless leader Lando Calrissian.

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