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Oola was a green Twi'lek slave dancer in Jabba the Hutt's palace. Shortly before a disguised Leia Organa arrived with a seemingly captured Wookiee named Chewbacca, Oola performed a dance for Jabba. Enraptured, Jabba attempted to pull Oola closer to him. She struggled, and Jabba dropped her through a trapdoor, where she was eaten by his pet rancor.

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Born to a clan chieftain on her species' homeworld of Ryloth, Oola was a green-skinned female Twi'lek. She devoted herself to dancing, and was trained at a celebrated school. When given the opportunity to choose between two careers, Oola decided to take her chance on Tatooine,[4] a desert planet controlled by the Hutts.[5]

At some point she was betrayed by a jealous rival and found herself falling more and more into shame and humiliation[6] until, shortly before he Battle of Endor, Oola served as the slave girl of the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure in his palace on Tatooine. She was forced to wear skimpy fishnet garments that did little to provide her modesty and wore a collar and chain around her neck.[2]

Oola made her final dance shortly before the arrival of Leia Organa and Chewbacca, to the music of the Max Rebo Band. When Jabba began pressing the Twi'lek slave for more than just dance, Oola pulled on her chain in defiance, arguing against Jabba. In retaliation, Jabba lured her with the chain over the trapdoor beneath his dais, watching and laughing as she fell into the rancor pit. Oola was unable to defend herself as she was eaten alive by Jabba's pet, and her screams echoed throughout the palace.[2]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Oola was portrayed by Femi Taylor in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi (in both the original release and in additional scenes filmed later for the 1997 Special Edition). Remarkably, Taylor looked almost unchanged after 14 years, allowing for a close up of her looking in terror at the rancor.

According to Femi Taylor in a interview, during the early development of Return of the Jedi, Oola was meant to have a major part in the scenes at Jabba's Palace because her fate was not to be eaten by Pateesa. Instead, Oola was to survive and escape from Jabba's Palace. Although director Richard Marquand storyboarded the sequence of Oola's escape, it was cut because of budget constraints, so the character's role was considerably reduced, as well as her fate.[7]

In an interview with the Aggressive Negotiations podcast, Star Wars: The Clone Wars writer Henry Gilroy stated that the events of the Battle of Ryloth in that series likely involved many Twi'leks being sold into slavery by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, going on to suggest that Oola may have been brought to Jabba's Palace as a result.[8]

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