With the DVD release of Solo getting closer, Lucasfilm recently dropped some unreal photos of everyone’s favorite Dathomirian.
In a recent article from Forbes’s Luke Y. Thompson, new photos revealing Darth Maul’s mechanical legs in Solo: A Star Wars Story were released.
The images showcase Ray Park as Maul, wearing his familiar black cloak (first worn by Park in The Phantom Menace) while wielding his new and improved double-bladed lightsaber.
The stunning cameo of the Sith Lord-turned-crime boss threw everybody off, but it was a pleasant surprise nonetheless. The entire movie was a pleasant surprise for me, but the guest appearance by Maul was what brought a smile to my face.
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When Qi’ra turns to the hologram and begins addressing her boss, you get a glimpse of a robotic leg, but for some reason I wasn’t able to put it together. Then, after hearing the icy voice of Sam Witwer (voiced Maul in The Clone Wars and Rebels), I quickly realized what was about to happen. Maul lowered his hood, an audible gasp was let out in the theater, and Darth Maul had finally returned to the big screen in the most unexpected of ways.
You might recall Maul first returned to Star Wars canon in The Clone Wars, then surfaced again in Rebels. Solo marked his first cinematic appearance since The Phantom Menace in 1999, when he was seemingly killed by Obi-Wan.
Also featured in Thompson’s piece is some background on Park’s return to the role after 19 years away from it. According to Park, he was in Guatemala when he got a call from Lynne Hale from Lucasfilm, who asked if he’d be willing to reprise his role as Maul; Park took the offer, then began filming his scenes in October 2017.
These new pics of Maul are simply awesome, and they finally give us a peek at the new-look Dathomirian; I’m counting down the days until Solo’s home release.