It turns out Han Solo didn’t only have eyes for Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode IV, the first chapter in the mega blockbuster franchise. The shocking fact was revealed by a scene that didn’t make the final cut and was first seen in the special feature Star Wars Behind the Magic from the 1998 release.
In the original scene, Han Solo — played by Harrison Ford — is spotted kissing a dark haired young woman — who doesn’t have any lines in the final cut — when Obi Wan Kenobi (Alec Guiness) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) walk into the cantina looking for transport to deliver the news of the threat from the Death Star. Later on he meets and falls for Leia, played by Carrie Fisher in the first trilogy.
Star Wars, which was later named A New Hope to keep a uniform title for all installments, tells the story of Jedi fighter Luke Skywalker and his friends, Han Solo and Princess Leia. Together they are tasked with destroying the evil Empire, led by Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.
We don’t know much about Han Solo’s girlfriend, but he does call her “sweetheart”, a name he also uses later on with Leia, much to her annoyance. The character is known as “Jenny” after actress Jenny Cresswell, who played the short-lived character, according to the all-things-Star Wars website, Wookepedia.
Without knowing much about the girl, we can assume she was possibly trying to catch a ride with the handsome Solo, much like Luke and Obi Wan Kenobi. This wouldn’t be hard to believe, as she is one of the few humans we see on Tatooine, however, she is only seen in the brief shot and we don’t hear from or about her again.
Even though Han Solo has a questionable past, which keeps getting him in trouble, in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, George Lucas didn’t want to turn him into a bad guy, per se and perhaps this is why “Jenny” doesn’t really have much effect on the plot. After all, Han needed to be somewhat focused to get involved in the fight against the Evil Empire.
When we first meet Harrison Ford’s Han Solo in the famous cantina scene in Star Wars Episode IV, he is trying to “negotiate” one of his gambling debts, which doesn’t go well and ends up creating a gun fight in the cantina. Obi Wan Kenobi makes him an offer he cannot refuse and he agrees to take his two passengers without knowing that his life will change forever.
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