What The New ‘Star Wars’ Movies Need: Oola

By Ryan Rigley

A while back, Disney announced their plans to release a new “Star Wars” film each year starting in 2015. With a new trilogy currently in the works, rumors of several “Star Wars” spin-off films have been popping up all over the Internet in recent months. But who will be starring in said spin-off films? According to JoBlo, the rumors of a “Boba Fett” and a “Young Han Solo” spin-off film are both 100% accurate.

Apparently, Disney plans on releasing the two films in 2016 and 2018 respectively with the “Young Han Solo” movie focusing on how he and Chewbacca met and came to own the Millennium Falcon. While this is all very exciting, we can’t help but wonder about the fate of the new “Star Wars” trilogy and what memorable minor characters might be popping up onscreen. Take Oola for example, the Twi’lek dancer that Jabba the Hutt feeds to his pet rancor in “Return of the Jedi.”

Born on the Twi’lek homeworld of Ryloth, Oola is actually the daughter of a very prosperous clan chieftain. This affords her and her sister the luxury of attending one of the greatest dance schools on Ryloth were she hones her craft under the tutelage of the best Twi’lek dancers known to the galaxy. Unfortunately, all of that training is rendered completely useless once Oola is tricked into slave girl for Jabba the Hutt.

Whilst visiting Mos Eisley on the desert planet Tatooine, Oola is persuaded to visit Jabba’s palace by the nefarious Bib Fortuna where she is immediately forced into the skimpiest outfit imaginable and then chained to Jabba’s side. As Jabba’s personal slave girl, Oola is forced to dance and “please” the Hutt on command until the day that she defies him and is dropped down into the rancor pit.

Oola’s story is one of the most tragic aspects of the original “Star Wars” trilogy. You know, besides Luke Skywalker’s Aunt and Uncle being burned alive. Or Obi-Wan being turned into a force ghost. Despite her short-lived onscreen appearance, Oola actually has somewhat of a backstory with Luke Skywalker. In fact, while in Mos Eisley, Luke attempted to save Oola from a fate worse than death. Oola, however, chose to go to Jabba’s palace of her own free will, foolishly thinking that she’d be able to leave whenever she wanted.

Yes, I know. Oola gets eaten alive by the rancor in “Return of the Jedi.” However, her legacy lives on long after her death. In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, there is an Oola impersonator, named Dame Needa, who performs regularly at a cheap hotel/casino in Mos Eisley called the Gardulla Oola. That said, perhaps Luke and company could drop by the Gardulla Oola for a quick game of sabacc at some point during the new “Star Wars” trilogy.