Lucasfilm released new full-body photos of Ray Park as Darth Maul from Solo: A Star Wars Story. These images show more of the character and his costume than fans got to see in the film, including his robotic legs.
Although Darth Maul was sliced in half at the end of The Phantom Menace, it seemed that he survived what most fans thought was a fatal encounter. In both the Clone Wars and Rebels animated series, he reappeared as Maul (having lost the Darth title), his legs replaced with robotics. Fans not familiar with the animated series, though, got a surprise at the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story, when Maul appeared to Qi'ra, although the novelization of the movie reveals that she did not really know who he was other than the leader of Crimson Dawn.
Although Sam Witwer voiced the character in Solo, Park physically portrayed him, but fans only got to see Maul from the waist up as a hologram. Fortunately, in honor of the release of the Solo: A Star Wars Story on Movies Anywhere and Blu-Ray, Lucasfilm, via Forbes, released full-length photos of Park as the character in full costume with robotic legs.
Although Maul's appearance in Solo was a shock to many fans, Park teased his reappearance of the character on social media. Most assumed that he was referencing the rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, though. No one expected Maul to appear in Solo. However, fans couldn't stop talking about him after the movie's release, making that scene one of the most memorable moments in the film.
It's just too bad that Solo didn't do as well at the box office as expected. Not only did Solo suffer through problems with its production, but Disney released it at a time of year that didn't coincide with its usual Star Wars releases. Some fans also believe the company didn't market the movie very well, although had Disney used the trailer for the home video release for the film's initial release, it might have done better.
As it stands, Disney has no plans for a sequel, meaning that if fans want more of Maul, they will have to hope he turns up elsewhere. That's a shame, too, because fans may never know what his connection to Qi'ra was really about or what he had planned before the events of A New Hope.
Solo: A Star Wars Story lands on Movies Anywhere on September 14 and Blu-Ray on September 25.
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