Report: Darth Maul Almost Appeared In Disney Plus’ Obi-Wan Kenobi

The upcoming Obi-Wan show on Disney+ will feature a rematch between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader, but the show may have ended up revolving entirely around a different conflict.

THR reports that Ray Park, who played Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace, was originally set to reprise the role. The report states that early drafts of the story featured Darth Maul hunting down Obi-Wan and a young Luke Skywalker, before the plot was changed to avoid covering similar ground to the Baby Yoda plot of The Mandalorian. .

According to THR’s sources, Park was on set for pre-production and stunt practice, and there may even have been some footage shot. Ultimately, however, Maul would have been written out of the series in favor of Darth Vader and the Great Inquisition.

It should be noted that another of Lucasfilm’s THR sources said that Maul was never part of the plan for Obi-Wan.

While the extent of Darth Maul’s involvement isn’t entirely clear, we do know that the Obi-Wan project went through some serious rewrites during production. In January 2020, the show was put on hold “indefinitely” because Lucasfilm president and Obi-Wan producer Kathleen Kennedy was unhappy with the script. Just last week, we learned that Kennedy dropped the original scripts because they were too dark.

Originally introduced in Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul was a memorable if underused part of the first prequel film. While that movie ended with Obi-Wan defeating (and seemingly killing) Darth Maul, the character would eventually return to the screen in The Clone Wars and Rebels TV shows. In fact, Star Wars Rebels features a meeting between Maul and Obi-Wan on Tatooine, so it’s possible the Obi-Wan writers decided to leave that plot alone. Darth Maul also appears at the end of Solo, as a villain teased for a sequel that will seemingly never happen.