The iconic Star Wars saga has been divided into trilogies. First, we had the originals and they were majestic. Then, we had the prequels and they… were not. Now, we have the sequels and they have been a bag of mixed reviews, depending who you ask.
While the prequels were an abomination of the Force, the one thing they did provide us was the epochal Darth Maul, embodied by an incomparable martial artist named Ray Park (who was also Snake Eyes in G.I.Joe, Baraka in Mortal Kombat).
Sure the Force was not strong with The Phantom Menace, but you wouldn’t know it as much as the nerdverse cried out for more of Maul. Ever since he was sliced in half, believed to be dead, many have prayed to Yoda for an origin film.
**SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen SOLO by now, admit it, you weren’t going to do so. It’s okay.**
Then came the aforementioned SOLO, which gave us all a surprise cameo of the horned Jedi. Hologram or not, it was great to see the Dathomiri Nightbrother. And now, that SOLO is marketing its DVD for sale September 25 in stores near you, we get to see even more.
Park was apparently as excited to get the part, as we were to enjoy it as he told Forbes when he got the call from Lucasfilm to resurrect the Sith Lord.
“I found out last June/July when we were in Guatemala. 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?’”
Thanks for making the trip, Sensai Park. It’s so sweet, namely for those who have seen the Clone Wars and Rebels animated series, which shows Maul (sans ‘Darth’) with robotic legs. That could imply the cinematic timeline goes from Menace to Clone Wars / Rebels to SOLO. Maybe?
Ah, who cares. Check out the pics!
(Images courtesy of Lucasfilm / Disney Studios)