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"I can take out the guards at the perimeter. Signalman, pilot, hell I'll just take them all out."
―Val, to Tobias Beckett[src]

Val was a female human[2] criminal who worked with fellow outlaw Tobias Beckett during the reign of the Galactic Empire.[1] Val was a no-nonsense and occasionally prickly woman who was a crack shot with a blaster rifle.[2]

BiographyEdit

Val was highly secretive about her past, including her full name.[3] All that was known about her past was that she grew up on Solarine[5] and her father was a musician, and she was named after the valachord musical instrument.[3]

By the reign of the Galactic Empire, Val was already working with the scoundrel Tobias Beckett and the Ardennian pilot Rio Durant.[1] They formed a crew which carried out risky though profitable heists.[6] She and Beckett, in addition, shared a romantic relationship.[1]

Meeting with Han SoloEdit

"None of your business company. And we’re full up."
―Val, to Han Solo, when asked what company she was with[src]
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Val disguised as mudtrooper on Mimban

Ten years before the Battle of Yavin, during a war on Mimban, Val infiltrated the Mimban Stormtrooper troops along Beckett and Durant. There, they met the young Han Solo, who wanted to join them as part of their crew. Val didn't agree in letting Solo join them, but Beckett decided to give the boy an opportunity by leading him to be locked for insubordination. Solo was ultimately able to escape with the Wookiee Chewbacca, who was initially intended to devour them, so Beckett decided to let them join his crew.[1]

Once they arrived at Vandor, Beckett's crew spied the 20-T Railcrawler conveyex transport that they had been planning to steal in order to acquire its Coaxium cargo to pay Beckett's debt with the crime lord Dryden Vos, leader of Crimson Dawn. As the crew spied, they wished for the absence of Enfys Nest and the Cloud-Riders the next day. That night, before sleeping with the campfire they had made, Val kissed Beckett while they told about what they planned to do with their share from the heist.[1]

The Conveyex heist and deathEdit

The next morning, while Beckett along Solo and Chewbacca managed to take possession of the cargo wagon by getting rid of the range troopers and having Chewbacca separating it with his strength, Val prepared to detonate the bridge to avoid the Conveyex to cross the tunnel while Solo and Beckett hooked the wagon to their ship.[1]

Unfortunately, Nest and the Cloud-Riders appeared on scene with the intentions to steal the Coaxium from Beckett's hands, even managing to fatally wound Rio. Though Val managed to take out some of Nest's marauders, she realized that the Conveyex was getting too close to her and that there would be no time to abandon her position without letting the crew to steal the Conveyex. Communicating with Beckett about the change of plans, she told Beckett that she loved him and subsequently detonated the bomb, blowing up herself and destroying the bridge.[1]

LegacyEdit

Ultimately, Val's sacrifice was in vain because Solo was forced to let go the cargo in order to save Beckett and Chewie from a certain death. Once all had finished, Beckett punched Solo in the face because of Val's death and their failure in acquiring the Coaxium. Later on, while visiting Dryden Vos with the empty hands, Vos expressed his condolences to Beckett for Val's death.[1]

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Behind the scenesEdit

"We talked about it a little bit, you know, I feel like Beckett saved her life at some point, and I feel like it may have been perilous for him to do that, so there's a senseof gratitude and loyalty there."
Thandie Newton about Val's backstory[src]

Val is portrayed by Thandie Newton in the 2018 Star Wars Anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story, released in 2018.[7] Newton's casting in the film was first announced on February 21, 2017.[8]. Her name was revealed with a set of promotional images sent out to various news websites alongside the teaser trailer.[9]

In the DVD commentary of Solo, Thandie Newton revealed her thoughts about Val's backstory which she discussed with the filmmakers, stating that she likes to feel that Tobias Beckett saved Val from a dangerous situtation at some point thought it was perilous for him to do that, earning Val's gratitude and loyalty in the process.[10]

The look of Val was inspired by pictures of female members of the Viet Cong and Black Panther Party, along with civil rights activist Angela Davis.[11] In retrospect to Val's death, screenwriter Jon Kasdan regrets a little having Val killed off earlier in the film, saying that Thandie Newton's acting was quite good and it would have been interesting having her playing a larger role in the film.[12]

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Solo: A Star Wars Story
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 StarWars-DatabankII Val in the Databank (backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
  4. Star Wars Insider 180
  5. Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition
  6. StarWars-DatabankII Tobias Beckett in the Databank (backup link)
  7. SWCustom-2011 Christopher Miller and Phil Lord to Helm Han Solo Anthology Film on StarWars.com
  8. SWCustom-2011 Han Solo – Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero. A New Star Wars Story Begins on StarWars.com
  9. LaSalata, Justin (February 5, 2018). 'Solo' Character Names For Thandie Newton & Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Jedi News. Retrieved on February 5, 2018.
  10. Solo: A Star Wars Story DVD commentary
  11. The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story
  12. TwitterLogo @JonKasdan (Jon Kasdan) on Twitter "In honor of the digital release of #SoloAStarWarsStory & in lieu of a commentary, here are 53 random factoids & notes about the making & writing for anybody who's interested. If you haven't seen the movie yet... maybe watch it before reading? Anyway, enjoy the movie & #MTFBWY"