In a fan film by 17pro on YouTube, Darth Maul completes his Sith training after he completely destroys five Jedi in lightsaber combat.
Darth Maul: Apprentice takes what Star Wars fans loved most about him in The Phantom Menace – his lightning fast lightsaber moves, his cold and soft-spoken demeanor, and the animal rage of his visage – and lets him beat the crap out of five Jedi (via Entertainment Weekly). The point in the Star Wars chronology at which this film is set (likely right before the events of Episode I) means his bisection is imminent, but the Jedi he faces on the planet where Palpatine has isolated him are either less skilled than Obi Wan Kenobi or they just aren’t as adaptable against the surprise of his raw power.
Shawn Bu is the director, writer, and producer of Darth Maul: Apprentice, a project that took almost two years to fulfill, and is responsible for one of the best parts of the film: the editing. The master behind the choreography is Vi-Dan Tran (acted out most brilliantly by Ben Schamma, who plays Darth Maul), while Vincent Lee provided the intense music which serves as the backdrop for the story. The acting is only sub-par, but these are not Oscar-winning actors and actresses we’re talking about here; they’re fans bringing a labor of love to life on what was probably a tight budget.
This film couldn’t come out at a better time, as submissions are currently open for the Star Wars Fan Film Awards. With its exceptional action scenes and cinematography, Darth Maul: Apprentice and its creators have a good chance of being major contenders in those awards.
For us fans, though, the very best thing about the film is that we get to see Darth Maul kick butt.