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Star Wars: Forces Of Destiny Solves A Mystery From Return Of The Jedi

It was pretty clever of Princess Leia to disguise herself as the Ubese bounty hunter Boushh when Han Solo needed rescuing in Return of the Jedi. But how did she get her hands on that outfit?

The second season of the animated series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny is now online, and one of the eight new episodes finally answers that question. It's set during the time after Darth Vader freezes Solo in carbonite in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, but before Leia shows up in disguise at Jabba's Palace in 1983's Return of the Jedi.

The new short reveals that Chewbacca took Leia (voiced by Shelby Young) and R2-D2 to ask Solo's old friend Maz Kanata (voiced by Lupita Nyong'o) for help. Although Leia is a little skeptical about any friends of Han (Wookiee company excluded), Maz is understandably excited to see her "boyfriend" Chewie. But Maz isn't all that worried about Solo, saying "the solution will present itself." 

Just then, Boushh opens fire and gives them just the solution they were looking for. The team make quick work of the bounty hunter (who luckily wears the same size clothes as Leia), and the princess suddenly has the perfect disguise to sneak into Jabba's underworld lair. 

The Forces of Destiny shorts, which focus on untold stories of the female heroes of the Star Wars galaxy, are official canon. That means this is the only onscreen appearance by the real Boushh before Leia takes his costume. It's worth noting, however, that Boushh was a regular character in the Expanded Universe.

The other new videos have lots of cool details like this from all the eras of Star Wars. Other shorts include more of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) training with Yoda on Dagobah, Hera (Vanessa Marshall) and Sabine (Tiya Sircar) from Star Wars Rebels attempting to liberate an Imperial shuttle, and Rey (Daisy Ridley) dealing with Porgs on Ahch-To.

The episodes are online now, but they'll also air on the Disney Channel on March 25.