As one of the many new and returning programs heading to the upcoming streaming service Disney+, Star Wars: The Clone Wars returns for a seventh season. The long-running animated series was last seen 5 years ago as a Netflix exclusive, and now it's pulling out all the stops for the revival.
As showrunner Dave Filoni revealed Ray Park would be performing motion capture for the wicked Sith apprentice, Darth Maul, for a massive showdown with one of Star Wars' biggest heroes.
The reveal came during Star Wars Celebration Chicago, where Filoni shared a number of reveals about the series. The news of the new Darth Maul motion capture comes with the promise of a grand rematch between Maul and his long-time adversary, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
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"I wanted this fight to be big. I wanted this to be an epic lightsaber fight... This one had to be among the best, if not the best we did," Filoni teased. "I went and I know Ray Park and I said, 'Ray, wouldn't it be great... why don't we suit you up in mo-cap suit and be Darth Maul?' So when you see Maul fighting, it's going to be really Maul fighting... There's just something unique about how Ray moves... It was a great moment having him perform it."
Before appearing in 1999’s Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul was the major focus of a media blitz surrounding the prequel hype. Billed as the primary adversary of the film, fans were disappointed by Maul’s limited appearances and apparent death at the hands of a young Obi-Wan Kenobi. Maul and Kenobi would go on to have several rematches thanks to the inclusion of both characters on animated Star Wars series.
Ray Park would go on to find success in Hollywood following his turn as Darth Maul, which was one of his earliest film roles. This would mark only the third time he’s played the character, following a brief cameo in 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. However, he’s only ever physically portrayed Maul, with Peter Serafinowicz voicing the character for The Phantom Menace and Sam Witwer voicing him for his most recent appearances.
Despite disappointing fans, Darth Maul has found a second life thanks to Star Wars: The Clone Wars. After serving as a foil for Obi-Wan and seeking revenge for his near death, Maul was last seen in The Clone Wars Season 5’s “The Lawless,” where Sidious declared Maul was no longer his apprentice but spared his life for other unrevealed plans.
In the interim, an older Maul would appear on Star Wars: Rebels, a sequel series set prior to Star Wars: A New Hope. Here Maul and an older Obi-Wan would have a final dual in the episode “Twin Suns,” where Maul is defeated and dies in the sands of Tatooine.
A release date for Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 has yet to be announced. Disney+ launches November 12, 2019.