Star Wars' Darth Maul actor Ray Park reveals he would be opening to starring in a team-up movie with bounty hunter Boba Fett. Park made his debut in the galaxy far, far away back in The Phantom Menace, where the character seemingly perished at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, Maul was eventually brought back to life, where he became an integral part of Lucasfilm's animated shows The Clone Wars and Rebels. And though he definitively died on the small screen during Rebels' third season, the revival meant Lucasfilm could get creative with Maul in the films.
One of the biggest shocks of Solo: A Star Wars Story was the third act reveal that Maul was the leader of the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate. Park once again played the character (Sam Witwer supplied the voice), even taking the time to get into shape as he worked through a hip injury. With Maul's scene playing like a tease for future installments, some viewers are wondering if the former Sith Lord will be seen in theaters again at some point, and Park has some cool ideas.
In an interview with Nerdist, Park was asked about the possibility of Maul joining forces with Boba Fett in a film. Coincidentally, Park trains with actor Daniel Logan, who played Boba in Attack of the Clones. Park was certainly open to the concept:
"I hope so. It would be cool. For many years, when Daniel was coming over before Solo, I said, you never know, one day they may do something. Daniel is one of these guys who's Mr. Natural. He doesn't actually have to work at doing anything, he can just do it. So with some work, he could be unbelievable."
Fans would certainly like to see two of the most iconic Star Wars characters crossover, and it's an angle that would make a good deal of sense in-universe. As a mercenary, Boba is open to accepting work for anyone, so he could be hired by Maul to track something down for Crimson Dawn. The likelihood of this ever happening, however, is another matter entirely. In the wake of Solo's underwhelming box office total, Lucasfilm reportedly put future Star Wars spinoff movies on hold (including one set to center on Boba Fett). It's possible Solo home media sales help the movie break even, but that probably won't be enough to warrant the production of a sequel or salvage the Star Wars Story line of films. Lucasfilm also looks to be more interested in new projects like Rian Johnson's trilogy and David Benioff & D.B. Weiss' series, which do not involve familiar characters.
Maul and Boba teaming up in a film might be a pipe dream at this point, but luckily for fans, there are plenty of other areas of Star Wars canon where such a meeting can take place. Maul's association with the galactic underworld seems like prime material for a novel or comic series to explore, perhaps providing proper closure to the perceived cliffhanger in Solo. It'll be interesting to see how the Lucasfilm story group handles this moving forward, but they have plenty of options at their disposal.
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