Move over, Jennifer Lopez and your trio of wedding dresses, now we’ve got something even more out of this world: the first look at the dress Princess Leia wore to marry Han Solo — and it’s absolutely perfect for Star Wars heroine.
Author Beth Revis writes about the moment Leia’s groom saw her at their ceremony in the new officially sanctioned book Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrelwhich was released this month by Random House Worlds.
“Leia wore a dress of pale green meadow, embroidered with flowers similar to those that adorn the exterior of the temple,” Revis writes, according to the audiobook obtained by Yahoo Entertainment. “It hung loosely over her body, but it wasn’t shapeless. The sides were open, giving her room to swing her legs and reveal the laces of her white fur knee-high boots. She held a bouquet of wildflowers tied with the same piece of string woven into her hair, and Han suspected that Leia had picked the flowers just before climbing the stairs to the temple.’
Concept art for the dress was shared exclusively on Monday Variety.
Princess Leia’s hair — the character created by the late Carrie Fisher in 1977 Star Wars— “It hung in loose waves down her back, with two small braids framing her face to keep the locks out of her way. She wore flowers but no jewels. She looked more like a nymph than a princess.”
Solo, played in the films by Harrison Ford, noted that “Leia has never looked more like herself than she does right now.”
The book takes place after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983). While explaining that part of Han and Leia’s life together is romantic, readers learn that there are more than a few obstacles in their galaxy.
“Their marriage, and the peace and prosperity it represents, is a lightning rod for everyone – including the Imperial remnants who still cling to power,” reads the book’s official synopsis.
To prepare, Revis said she watched the three prototypes Star Wars movies again.
“I took pages and pages of notes on their dialogue, their mannerisms, the subtle ways they interacted,” Revis, who has written about the franchise before, told StarWars.com in February. “Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are just great actors and they gave me so much to work with! I wanted this to be a story where the past was still present, but they were moving into new territory.”
The author, whose work also plays a role in the new Walt Disney World Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser attractionshe rehearsed the dialogue between Leia and Han on her husband, because she knew it was critical to get it absolutely right.
“Fighting is Han and Leia’s love language after all!” he said. “I can happily blow up ships in space, but finding the right balance between funny and romantic in their dialogue was probably the hardest thing in the whole book.”
Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrel available in bookstores, incl Amazon.