In an article posted on Forbes, actor Ray Park spoke about returning to the silver screen as Darth Maul in director Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. As an added bonus to the article, we get our first look at Park decked out head to toe in Maul’s Solo gear, complete with robotic legs and lightsaber he obtained from Star Wars Rebels. Maul appeared in holographic form towards the end of the standalone film as he conversed with Qi’ra.
As a huge Darth Maul fan, seeing Park back in his iconic role on the big screen was almost too much for me to handle. I had no idea Maul would be appearing in Solo and the gleeful shock of that revelation still carries weight with me months later. Check out the intro to the piece copied below and be sure to click each image beneath the text for a larger (and flat-out awesome) view.
With a $392 million worldwide gross, Solo: A Star Wars Story might have been a hit, had it not cost $275 million to make, with a mid-stream change in directors responsible for more cost overruns than most Star Wars features. However, the switch from Chris Miller and Phil Lord to Ron Howard did lead to at least one fan-favorite moment onscreen: the return of Ray Park’s Maul (no longer a “Darth,” per the animated series continuity) in a surprise cameo that may or may not set up future films. “I found out last June/July when we were in Guatemala,” he tells me, a time which, unbeknownst to him, coincided with Howard stepping into the director’s chair. “I got the phone call from Lynne Hale from Lucasfilm. And it was really nice of her, because she said to me ‘Ray, we’re just calling to see if you would like to do it.’ And I went [inhales slowly] ‘Yeah. Do you want me on the plane now?’” He ended up filming in October, towards the end of production.