Thandiwe Newton once came this close to being in a superhero movie, but turned it down because the part was just “someone’s mum who just dies".

Speaking to LAD Bible, Thandiwe, 48, said, “I was like, ‘Meh, no.’ It was more the role, you know what I mean?”

The Emmy-winning Westworld star didn't name the movie. 

That said, she remains optimistic that a superhero project with a suitably meaty part will land on her lap someone day, preferably one from someone edgy and innovative. 

Thandiwe, who's currently in the sci-fi noir Reminiscence, continued: “The perfect example is Taika Waititi, what he did with Thor: Ragnarok.

“I love that the actors in it really want to push it too — of course they do, it’s boring otherwise, Jesus.”

Thandiwe explained that she is "quite cynical" about the Marvel and DC worlds because they are money-making machines, however, she believes there is more "substance" to the more recent films.

She added: “As a genre, they bore me, these big franchises, and I’m quite cynical about it too because it’s just about money; it’s this behemoth of money that’s just like rolling forward gathering more money, right?

“But now I feel like there is a demand from both the audience, I think people who are involved in the movies — but certainly the world — that there is better substance around these superhero things.”

It's not the first time Thandiwe has been handed a character that gets killed off.

The movie star was left "disappointed" when her Solo: A Star Wars Story character, Val, had to meet her end, despite her death not being in the original script for the 2018 flick.

She told Inverse: “I felt disappointed by Star Wars that my character was killed.

“And, actually, in the script, she wasn’t killed. It happened during filming. And it was much more just to do with the time we had to do the scenes. It’s much easier just to have me die than it is to have me fall into a vacuum of space so I can come back sometime." — BANG SHOWBIZ

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