Obi-Wan Kenobi will include many familiar faces when it debuts May 25, but one Star Wars fan favorite will be greatly missed.
Darth Maul, one of the main antagonists of Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, first appeared in The threat of the Phantom, shouldn’t appear in the series. Purpose, the sources say The Hollywood reporternot only was the Sith Lord initially slated to return to the Disney + live-action series as a key villain, but actor Ray Park was in preparation to reprise Maul.
This, however, was before those scenes were deleted during a creative overhaul that eventually saw other antagonists, including Darth Vader, added to the show.
Hossein Amini was the original screenwriter who worked with director Deborah Chow on the six-episode series. And while it was reported that pre-production was suspended in early 2020 because Lucasfilm wasn’t happy with the scripts, the hiatus process was a bit more layered. According to sources, Chow showed the scripts to Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau, who were coming out of the success of The Mandalorianjust launched in November 2019, and busy working on a second season.
Sources note that Filoni and Favreau were concerned Obi Wan covering similar ground like Mandalorian – You Lone wolf and cub-like the story of Kenobi coming out of hiding to protect a child-age Luke Skywalker. Maul was one of the villains who would participate in the hunt for the couple; Vader was nowhere to be found in this distant galaxy at this stage, according to those who were aware of the project. Additionally, Filoni and Favreau pushed Chow and the show to “get bigger,” according to several sources. Either way, those concerns reached Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy pressing the pause button.
It is not clear how far in the process things have spooled. The search for an actor to play the young Skywalker was undertaken, a boy was chosen, but no scenes were shot with him.
As for Park’s Maul, the picture is more cloudy. A source says Park was on set for pre-production and was also involved in stunt training. The source says Park’s footage may have been shot, although another source said it could have been test footage. In any case, Park was back as Maul, or so he believed.
In the review, however, Maul was canceled. A source says it was Filoni who conceptually put in a way to bring Vader back as the big villain, featuring the Grand Inquisitor, a character popularized by Filoni in the animated series. star wars rebelsalso inserted in the story.
A Lucasfilm source contradicted the tale, saying Maul never intended to return for the series.
The overhaul also caused a new search for a young Skywalker and a new actor was cast. THR learned that the new Luke is Grant Feely, whose only credit, according to IMDb, is an episode of disturbing show.
Maul is one of the most popular villains in Star Wars lore, which appears in animated series, including Clone Wars And rebels, which depicted the final battle between Maul and Kenobi. Maul (and Park) returned to live action for a cameo Solo: a Star Wars story (2018) which suggested there was more for the actor to do in the galaxy far, far away. Solo bombed, ruining those plans, but fans soon speculated that it might appear Obi-Wan, as Maul was responsible for the death of Obi-Wan’s master, Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn.
The first trailer of Obi Wan launched on March 9 and offered viewers a glimpse of McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, as well as glimpses of a young Luke Skywalker and Uncle Lars, played by Joel Edgerton. One of the key pieces of his music? John Williams’ classic soundtrack, including “Duel of the Fates”, used during a lightsaber duel centered on Maul in 1999 The threat of the Phantom and saw Maul meet his match at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi.