Timeline: Released in 1980
Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels, including Boba Fett and other bounty hunters. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin.
(Note: FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. Screenplay written by Lawrence Kasdan and Leigh Brackett from a story by George Lucas.)
INT. VADER'S STAR DESTROYER - BRIDGE - CONTROL DECK
The group standing before Vader is a bizarre array of galactic fortune hunters: There is Bossk, a slimy, tentacled monster with two huge, bloodshot eyes in a soft baggy face; Zuckuss and Dengar, two battle-scarred, mangy human types; IG-88, a battered, tarnished chrome war droid; and Boba Fett, a man in a weapon-covered armored space suit.
VADER: ...there will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millennium Falcon. You are free to use any methods necessary, but I want them alive. No disintegrations.
BOBA FETT: As you wish.
EXT. SPACE - IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER
As the Avenger Star Destroyer moves slowly into space, the hatch on its underbelly opens, sending a trail of junk behind it. Hidden among the refuse, the Falcon tumbles away. In the next moment, the Avenger roars off into hyperspace. The Falcon's engines are ignited, and it races off into the distance. Amidst the slowly drifting junk, Boba Fett's ship appears and moves after the Falcon.
INT. CLOUD CITY - DINING ROOM
The mighty doors to the dining room slide open and the group enters the dining room. At the far end of a huge banquet table sits Darth Vader. Standing at his side and slightly behind him is Boba Fett, the bounty hunter. Faster than the wink of an eye, Han draws his blaster and pops off a couple of shots directly at Vader. The Dark Lord quickly raises his hand, deflecting the bolts into one of the side walls, where they explode harmlessly. Just as quickly, Han's weapon zips into Vader's hand. The evil presence calmly places the gun on the table in front of him.
INT. CLOUD CITY - PRISON ENTRY AREA
Darth Vader strides through the room as two stormtroopers prepare an elaborate torture mechanism. Han is strapped to a rack which tilts forward onto the torture device. Vader activates the mechanism, creating two bursts of sparks, one of which strikes Han's face. The door opens, and Darth Vader moves to the holding chamber, where Lando and Boba Fett await him.
INT. CLOUD CITY - HOLDING CHAMBER
LANDO: Lord Vader.
VADER: (to Fett) You may take Captain Solo to Jabba the Hutt after I have Skywalker.
Han's screams filter through the torture room door.
BOBA FETT: He's no good to me dead.
VADER: He will not be permanently damaged.
LANDO: Lord Vader, what about Leia and the Wookiee?
VADER: They must never again leave this city.
LANDO: That was never a condition of our agreement, nor was giving Han to this bounty hunter!
VADER: Perhaps you think you're being treated unfairly.
VADER: Good. It would be unfortunate if I had to leave a garrison here.
Vader turns and sweeps into the elevator with Boba Fett. Lando walks swiftly down another corridor, muttering to himself.
INT. CLOUD CITY - CARBON-FREEZING CHAMBER
There is a great activity on the carbon-freezing platform. Six Ugnaughts frantically prepare the chamber for use. A special coffinlike container is put in place. With Boba Fett in the lead, a squad of six stormtroopers brings in Han, Leia and Chewie. Strapped to Chewie's back, with only his head, torso, and one arm assembled, is Threepio. Threepio's head faces the opposite direction from Chewie's and the droid is constantly twisting around in a vain effort to see what is happening. His one attached arm is animate and expressive, intermittently pointing, gesturing, and covering his eyes. The remaining pieces of his body are randomly bundled to the Wookiee's back so that his legs and other arm stick out at odd angles from the pack.
Boba Fett moves away from the group to Darth Vader.
BOBA FETT: What if he doesn't survive? He's worth a lot to me.
VADER: The Empire will compensate you if he dies. Put him in!
Vader turns to Boba Fett.
VADER: He's all yours bounty hunter. Reset the chamber for Skywalker.
INT. CLOUD CITY - CORRIDOR - DAY
Boba Fett enters from a side hallway followed by two guards pushing the floating, encased body of Han Solo. Two stormtroopers, who follow, immediately spot Luke and open fire on him. The youth draws his weapon and blasts the two troopers before they can get off a second shot. The two guards whisk Han into another hallway as Fett lowers his arm and fires a deadly laser at Luke, which explodes to one side and tears up a huge chunk of wall.
EXT. CLOUD CITY - EAST LANDING PLATFORM - BOBA FETT'S SHIP
The two guards slide Han's encased body into an opening in the side of the bounty hunter's ship. Boba Fett climbs aboard on a ladder next to the cargo hold.
BOBA FETT: Put Captain Solo in the cargo hold.
And with that, the door slams shut.
EXT. EAST LANDING PLATFORM - SIDE BAY
An elevator door slides open and Lando, Leia, and Chewbacca race for a large bay overlooking the East Landing Platform. Just as they arrive, Boba Fett's ship takes off against a cloudy sunset sky. In wild anguish, Chewie howls and starts firing at the ship.
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