Sam Witwer on Returning as Maul, The End of George Lucas’ Star Wars

In an interview conducted with io9, Sam Witwer talks about reprising his role as the voice of Maul in Season 7 of The Clone Wars on Disney+ in the “Siege of Mandalore” story arc. Witwer believes the script for this story arc/series finale is the best script ever written for any previous Clone Wars episode and says it will affect the way fans view certain established aspects of the Star Wars saga.

“The finale, that script, was the best Clone Wars script that I ever read,” he told us. “I think Dave has done a really very very cool thing. When I say script I don’t mean—when I’m talking about the finale, I’m talking about the last four episodes because it’s really meant to be seen as a movie. These Clone Wars arcs that go on for three to four episodes, they could also be cut together as movies and they work as one story, but this one really is meant to be seen in its entirety together, more so than anything else we’ve ever done.”

“I’m very very excited for the audience to see it, because it’s consequential, it changes the way you think about certain things in Star Wars,” he added, “changes the way you think about certain characters, and shows some really interesting core mythology stuff. I’m thrilled, and I’m shocked.”

Actor Ray Park, who portrayed the live-action version of Maul in The Phantom Menace and Solo: A Star Wars Story, performed the motion capture fighting work for Maul in the upcoming Season 7 finale.

Witwer also comments in the interview on how Season 7 of The Clone Wars animated series brings an official end to the Star Wars content produced by George Lucas.

“What may be my most favorite thing about this, what we’re doing is, Clone Wars is the last George Lucas-produced Star Wars. To be able to finish George’s story is tremendously meaningful to all of us, so that’s really the big deal right there,” Witwer said, full of praise for Star Wars’ former master.

“These are stories straight from George, and we get to execute upon them, and that’s kind of the end of the era. You have to appreciate that this is a crazy maverick independent filmmaker, and only one of his Star Wars movies was a studio movie. The rest, past the very first Star Wars movie, these were independent films that he funded himself. And Clone Wars was an independent production by an independent film studio, just a crazy guy with crazy ideas issuing marching orders to people like Dave Filoni, and through Dave to me. And here we are doing this again, and it feels very familiar. I thought we had lost this, and now we get to finish it. It feels really really great to finish the last George Lucas-produced Star Wars.”

Dianna Bates
Residing in New York, Dianna Bates shares the same deep love for the GFFA as her husband Justin LaSalata. In addition to posting news articles on our website, Dianna assists with providing photographs from various conventions and Star Wars-related events including NY Comic Con, "Force Friday" and others.