Ray Park Did Darth Maul’s Motion Capture for Clone Wars Revival

Ray Park does the motion capture for Darth Maul in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars revival. Debuting the key figure in 1999’s The Phantom Menace, the actor played the physical part of the character while Peter Serafinowicz provided his voice. Following his abrupt (supposed) death in Episode I, he’s never appeared on the big screen again until his cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story which also marked Park’s return. But as the beloved prequel animated series return for a proper send-off thanks to the Disney+ platform, the Scottish martial artist is set to reprise the character, but this time, on the small screen.

Maul has previously appeared in Clone Wars where he was initially revealed to survive his fall in the fight against Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). Brilliant voice actor and Star Wars enthusiast Sam Witwer provided the voice for the former dark lord. In the show, fans have seen an exploration of his and Kenobi’s complex relationship. With the impending resurrection of the show, viewers will see more of Maul’s life before he re-appeared in Star Wars Rebels, and to ensure that the character is loyal to his appearance in The Phantom Menace, creator Dave Filoni tapped the services of Park to do the motion capture for the character.

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During this year’s Star Wars Celebration in Chicago (live streamed over at Star Wars‘ official Youtube channel), an Ahsoka-centered trailer for Clone Wars‘ newest season was debuted. Toward the end of the clip, fans see Maul squaring off with Anakin Skywalker’s former apprentice. After premiering the video, Filoni revealed that Park did the motion capture for Maul. “When you see Maul fighting, it’s gonna be really Maul fighting. There’s just something unique about the way Ray moves,” he said.

Considering that Maul’s next and final encounter with Kenobi was done in Rebels, fans will more likely not see the arch-nemesis in Clone Wars. Nevertheless, the fact that Filoni and his team took the time and effort to actually ask Park to return to do Maul for the show is an indication that they’re pulling all the stops to make sure that they nail down what’s expected to be the ending of the show. If anything, they could’ve done him in the animated show without the need for a physical actor since they were able to pull that off for years.

Perhaps the fact that Park was previously tapped to appear in last year’s Solo made it easier for him to appear in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. There’s a chance that part of his deal to return was reprise the character again in the prequel series. And considering that there’s a slew of Star Wars content coming thanks to Disney+, the door is wide open for him to play the role again moving forward.

More: Star Wars Celebration 2019 Round-Up: The Biggest News & Reveals

Source: Star Wars

2019-04-16 05:04:48

Ana Dumaraog

Star Wars 9 Theory: Palpatine Never Existed, It Was Always Darth Plagueis

Sheeve Palpatine, AKA Darth Sidious is back as the main villain of Star Wars after a shocking reveal at the end of the first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and Darth Plagueis may hold the key to why he’s still alive. As the ninth and final episode of a three trilogy arc, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker sets to bring a definitive conclusion to the Skywalker saga, so it only makes sense for Palpatine, the Skywalkers’ chief nemesis, to be the ultimate evil they need to defeat.

The only problem is the last time audiences saw Palpatine, he was falling down the reactor shaft of the second Death Star, where he burst into blue electric energy. However, as he eluded to Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, he learned mastery over life and death from Darth Plagueis before killing him.

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This story is relayed to Anakin in the now oft-memed Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise. But something never quite lined up about that story, especially coming from the mouth of Sheev Palpatine. If Plagueis had power over life and death, wouldn’t it make more sense for him to live on? Maybe that’s exactly what happened and he took his apprentice Palpatine’s identity. Not only does this explain why Palpatine is back in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but also his obsession with the Skywalkers and the Sith Rule of Two.

  • This Page: What We ACTUALLY Know About Plagueis
  • Page 2 of 2: Everything Palatine Told Anakin Was a Half-Truth

Darth Plagueis was a big part of Expanded Universe canon before it was designated as “Legends” after Disney acquired the rights to Star Wars and cleaned up canon. The novel Darth Plagueis gave a much more detailed backstory to the Dark Lord of the Sith and Palpatine, threading him into the events of the Star Wars saga as we knew them.

While Plagueis has been referenced a few times in newer canon, he’s received much less development, and we might finally know why. If Palpatine is actually a resurrected Plagueis, then it’s all part of a twist Lucasfilm has been preserving since before The Force Awakens.

Coincidentally, most of the information we know about Plagueis comes from the mouth of Palpatine, meaning it’s all suspect due to the dishonest narrator.

“Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?… I thought not. It’s not a story the Jedi would tell you. It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life… He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying. The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural. He became so powerful… the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which eventually, of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew, then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. It’s ironic he could save others from death, but not himself.”

The implication here is that Palpatine, Darth Sidious, was Plagueis’ apprentice, learned how to defeat death and create life from his master, then killed him in his sleep. This means Palpatine would now know how to do what Plagueis did and was using it to tempt Anakin to seek out that power, with plans to reveal himself to Anakin as a Sith Lord later.

The only other references in canon are in the novel Tarkin, where the same lore we already know is restated, but we also learn that Palpatine inherited Plagueis’ protocol droid. In the Expanded Universe, Plagueis was part of a species known as the Muun, but modern canon has avoided confirming his species. The most we know about his origins is revealed in the comics by Ferren Barr, a Jedi who survived Order 66 who discovers some information on Plaguis’ existence when seeking answers to how the Jedi fell. Interesting enough, that information is located alongside other files for Padme Amidala and Jar Jar Binks, both natives of Naboo like Palpatine.

Clearly, Plagueis is a major part of Star Wars canon, despite the vague information about him. There’s a reason fans are obsessed with the scene and why it’s widely regarded as one of the best scenes in the prequels. As it turns out, it’s probably the most important scene in the whole franchise.

Page 2 of 2: Everything Palatine Told Anakin Was a Half-Truth

One of the most fascinating parts about the prequel trilogy and Anakin’s fall to the dark side is that, while the Jedi are supposed to be his friends, they consistently lie or conceal the truth from him. At the same time, his friend Chancellor Sheev Palpatine always tells the truth – or at least most of the truth – right up to the point where he trusts Anakin with his true identity as Darth Sidious.

The apparent honesty and use of half-truths is especially interesting to pick apart as we look back at Palpatine’s story about Darth Plagueis the Wise. First, it’s important to remember why Palpatine tells Anakin the story at all. He knows Anakin is devastated over the loss of his mother and fears the loss of Padme. The story is meant to pique Anakin’s curiosity over the power of the dark side and prime him for the eventual reveal that, as a Sith Lord, Palpatine can help Anakin achieve that same power so he can save Padme.

But is the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise the whole truth, or one of Palpatine’s half-truths? Looking at the story as, told, it doesn’t all quite line-up. How could Plagueis be so powerful that he can stop people from dying, yet foolish enough to let his apprentice kill him in his sleep – especially when he knows killing your master is the path of ascension used by all Sith apprentices?

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Taking a step back to look at dark side powers and how they could be used to master immortality, the most logical explanation is that it involves a form of possession or transference of consciousness into a new host body. The Sith had a similar power in the Expanded Universe known as “essence transfer,” and Palpatine even used it to live-on in the body of a number of clones in some post-Return of the Jedi stories.

Becoming a Force ghost is an inherently selfless act, so it’s not something the Sith can achieve, but it does seem like dominating a new host body is a way Plagueis could prevent his spirit and consciousness from dying out, living forever by hopping from body to body.

So, if The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise is a half-truth maybe the apprentice did kill the master, but it was Plagueis taking over the body of the apprentice to kill his own aging self, assuming the identity of Palpatine before the events of Stars Wars: The Phantom Menace. And the whole thing could be possible because of a rigid adherence to the Rule of Two.

One of the most fascinating aspects about Palpatine is just how complex and long-term his plan for galactic domination was. He was the ultimate chess master, but some of the essential moves to make his plan work must have been executed long before he entered the scene. Chief among these things is the decision to relocate the main Jedi Temple to Coruscant, where it was built on-top of the site of an old Sith Shrine, whose powers ultimately ended up helping Sidious cloud the minds of the Jedi so they couldn’t sense his growing power on the same planet.

The Sith are selfish and only seek to preserve their own power, so its hard to believe the plan was established by a long-dead Sith and executed by his successors, who have no loyalty to his dreams. The only way this plan makes sense is if it was being executed by its own architect, and the Rule of Two would play a fundamental role in seeing that play out.

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As Star Wars lore would have it, the Rule of Two was established by Darth Bane after infighting nearly decimated the Sith Order. The Rule of Two ensured that this kind of self-destruction wouldn’t happen again by maintaining that there should only ever be two Sith in the galaxy – a master and an apprentice. No more, no less.

The Rule of Two seems like a reliable system, until you consider Plaguis’s power over life-and-death could have enabled him to manipulate the Rule of Two to ensure his own survival without any real Sith competition. Instead of training an apprentice who would eventually kill him, he instead could have trained apprentices who he would eventually possess, killing his old body and continuing to live in the body and identity of his former apprentice. It’s basically Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige but a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Looking at the Rule of Two and Plagueis in this new context, Palpatine’s (or, Plagueis’) plans in the prequels makes a lot more sense. He was constantly seeking newer and more powerful apprentices and even seeking out Force-sensitive younglings for his inquisitor program. While it would seem to make sense for him to try to wipe out all other Force users, that’s not what he did. He actually continually sought out more and more powerful Force users and tried to bring them under his wing.

He may have finally found his next host in the body of Anakin Skywalker – the Chosen One, but thanks to Obi-Wan Kenobi and a little help from the high ground, that body was summarily ruined. Fortunately, it turned out Anakin Skywalker had a son, so it only makes sense that Palpatine would try to have Luke Skywalker replace his father at Palpatine’s side, especially as the Plagueis’ Palatine body seemed to be beyond aging at that point and he surely needed a new host. He may have even wanted to replace Vader with Ezra Bridger before he knew Luke existed.

Anakin and Luke thought they defeated the Sith Lord, but as we now know from the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Palpatine is alive and well, and with a new super powerful descendant of Anakin Skywalker set loose on the galaxy, he may have found his next host to live on and once again bring Sith Rule upon the galaxy.

NEXT: Theory: Snoke IS Darth Plagueis (And Star Wars 9’s Real Villain)

2019-04-13 03:04:23

Stephen M. Colbert

Star Wars 9 Can Imagine What Would Happen If Darth Vader Didn’t Turn Good

Star Wars Episode IX will end the Skywalker Saga, and through Kylo Ren can show what Darth Vader would’ve done next had Luke not been able to save him. Anakin Skywalker was redeemed by the end of the Original Trilogy, but the story and legacy of Vader lives on through Kylo.

J.J. Abrams needs to do something a bit different in Episode IX, having already delivered a relatively safe Star Wars movie with Episode VII. And with it closing out both the Saga as a whole and the Sequel Trilogy, he also needs to drastically up the ante in terms of threat. Some of that may well be a new danger from “The Beyond,” but it should also come through Kylo Ren, now the Supreme Leader of the First Order.

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With Anakin redeemed by his son, we didn’t get to see what he was truly capable of. Disney has gone even further than that, with a rebranding exercise painting Vader as something more akin to an antihero. Episode IX, then, can go the other way, and give us a great idea of what would’ve happened had Darth Vader still killed Emperor Palpatine, but for all the wrong reasons.

  • This Page: The Last Jedi Was A Reverse Of Return of the Jedi
  • Page 2 of 2: Will Star Wars 9 Give Kylo Ren Redemption Or Punishment?

While The Force Awakens echoed many of the themes and events of A New Hope, The Last Jedi didn’t quite follow the same rhyming structure. Sure, it borrowed some elements from The Empire Strikes Back, but it also looked closely at Return of the Jedi – and then flipped it on its head. Episode VI ended with Luke managing to resist the temptation of the Dark Side, and help redeem his father, Anakin. Darth Vader turned against his master, reverting back to the Light Side in his final moments.

The Last Jedi has a similar sequence of events aboard the Supremacy. Supreme Leader Snoke takes on the part of Palpatine, Kylo Ren is the Vader figure, and Rey the Light Side hero a la Luke. Kylo Ren turns against his master and strikes him down after his torture of Rey, mirroring Vader’s turn after the Emperor’s torture of Luke. And that’s where the key difference comes in.

In Return of the Jedi, that brought Anakin back to the Light. In Episode VIII, it only serves to highlight how conflicted Kylo is, and ultimately push him further into the darkness. He doesn’t go with Rey to the Resistance or reclaim the name Ben Solo; he asks her to join him in ruling the galaxy, now that the person above them is out of the way. This isn’t a grand moment of redemption, it’s one of realization: that he doesn’t need a master, and can control his own destiny. Snoke was, if anything, holding him back and keeping him down. Free of that, he can be whatever he wants. It’s a canny subversion of the Vader/Palpatine dynamic and leaves Kylo in a fascinating position heading into Episode IX.

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Ever since we first met him, Kylo Ren has been obsessed with his grandfather. It’s even apparent in the trailers for The Force Awakens. He’s gone as far as retrieving the twisted remains of Vader’s helmet, worshipping it like a shrine and promising to finish what he started. And that’s the path he’s now firmly chosen.

To Kylo Ren, Darth Vader is not a hero who turned to the Light at the very end and helped save the day. He’s an extremely powerful Sith, who’d let nothing and nobody stand in his way, and was responsible for years of Imperial rule across the galaxy. By killing Snoke, wanting Rey to rule with him, and installing himself as Supreme Leader of the First Order, that’s now what Kylo can see himself as too. He mimics Vader’s dress sense, fashioned himself a red lightsaber, and has slain his master.

He is, for all intents and purposes, the second coming of Vader, or like an extension of him. The spirit of Vader – the villainous Sith, not the fallen Jedi – lives on through Kylo Ren. He may say “let the past die”, but more than ever he’s looked to continue his grandfather’s legacy. That goes into what we know of Episode IX. Kylo will have fashioned himself a new helmet, but he’ll also have Vader’s helmet again too, and he’s not only going to finish what he started; he’s going to do what Vader couldn’t.

Page 2 of 2: Will Star Wars 9 Give Kylo Ren Redemption Or Punishment?

Going into Star Wars Episode IX, we’re faced with a question that wasn’t really asked before Return of the Jedi: Can the bad guy be redeemed? Back then, Luke fought (or rather, didn’t) for the good that remained in his father. But we’ve already seen that play out in the Sequel Trilogy: Rey went to Kylo sensing the good in him, and instead witnessed him commit murder and then ask her to join him in ruling the galaxy.

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If Vader can be redeemed then anyone can. But will it happen to Kylo? Should it? Only J.J. Abrams and Adam Driver know for sure, but here they do have another, extremely viable option, and that’s to kill off Kylo Ren as the bad guy. And not just any bad guy, but the biggest of the lot. Kylo would, on the face of it, need to die for the Skywalker Saga to end; he is the last of that line, after all. But to simply repeat what happened with Anakin would be disingenuous and, frankly, a little boring. He killed Han Solo. And we’ve seen it before.

Instead, they can go the other way. If not for Luke, Vader would’ve still killed the Emperor eventually. It’s what Sith do with their masters. And he’d have taken his place, with no one to stop him given his peerless power level. He could’ve been fully unleashed, until he had to be killed in order to be stopped. That’s what they can do with Kylo.

Kylo Ren is going to be a huge part of Episode IX. He’s now the main Skywalker (even if he doesn’t have the name) in the final movie of the eponymous saga. Rey is the new hero, but it’s interested in telling Kylo’s story almost just as much. To that end, there’s a good chance a lot of Episode IX will be spent exploring Kylo’s decisions: the murders he’s committed, the people he’s turned away, the dark path he’s chosen to walk down, and whether or not he’ll come back.

But it can also lean heavier into those Dark Side elements. He can fully become what Vader didn’t: an uber-powerful Dark Side Force-user without anyone to control him, which is something we haven’t seen fully explored through such a main character before. It is, as far as Star Wars is concerned, without precedent, and that’s a thrilling place for the franchise to be in its ninth episode and eleventh movie overall. Had Vader not been redeemed, he would’ve tried to conquer the galaxy as the head of the Empire. In Episode IX, Kylo Ren is going to attempt to rule the galaxy as the leader of the First Order.

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Kylo Ren doesn’t suddenly lose the complexity that makes him so interesting. He’s still a product of the same upbringing, the same inner conflict and turmoil. But to face up to that, and then choose to be the “monster” is a decision that does something completely different, and gives the hero a unique challenge to face down and overcome. J.J. Abrams can’t just play it safe here. He cannot repeat Episode VI in the same way The Force Awakens repeated Episode IV. Having Kylo Ren grow beyond what Vader was is a way of doing that, and also would put Rey in a position where she then has to be a different kind of hero to Luke. That makes for a different ending that has shades of what we’ve seen before – a bit of Return of the Jedi, a little Revenge of the Sith – meaning it can help link everything together while forging its own path as well.

More: Theory: How Star Wars 9 Can Make Rey A Skywalker (Without A Last Jedi Retcon)

2019-03-17 08:03:36

Luke Hutchinson

Star Wars: 10 Secrets Hidden At Darth Vader’s Castle

Did you know that Darth Vader has his own castle? It recently made an appearance during Rogue One, but later kept making appearances in his solo comic run. There are specific reasons why Vader chose to have a fortress for himself, and it’s only partially because he prefers to be left alone… when he isn’t killing people that is.

There are also reasons why he chose its location, and more disturbing, there’s a specific purpose to the castle itself. Many secrets have been hidden inside this castle, some more disturbing than others. Here is a list of ten of the secrets that Darth Vader’s Castle possesses.

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10 Mustafar

Vader had a choice of location for where to build. His master was even willing to give up his home planet to Vader, to give an idea of what was at stake. Instead, Darth Vader opted to go for the planet where he was bitterly wounded. But is there more to it than that?Mustafar is a planet of the Outer Rim. It’s not what one would consider habitable by most standards. It’s covered in lava and flame. The people that live here are tough and have adapted to the temperatures and volcanic nature of the planet.

9 The Mustafarians

As mentioned above, the Mustafarians are a hardy people. They’d have to be, in order to survive on this planet. They can literally sense the fluctuations in the planet, and even fight them in their own way. They begin actively resisting what Vader is doing, and for a while, he isn’t even aware of it.

Additionally, the Mustafarians are capable of summoning lava fire. This would be a phenomenal feat by any means. But then consider what the application would be against Vader. Darth Vader has very few weaknesses, but surely he remembers what it felt like to be eaten away by lava. It’s surprising that Vader would choose to live so near a people such as this. Perhaps he was hoping to exact revenge on them?

8 Where Vader Made His Kyber Crystal Bleed

It is a Sith tradition that they must take the lightsaber of a Jedi they have slain. There is a very specific reason for this. They remove the Kyber crystals inside – and they make them bleed. The process for making them bleed isn’t clearly defined, other than it requires immense power from the Dark Side.

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When Vader had to collect his Kyber crystal and make it bleed, he opted to go to Mustafar to do it. Here he meditated and worked on the crystal until he succeeded. It was also here that he had a vision. If he chose to keep his Kyber crystal intact, he knew that he would eventually turn back to the light side and ultimately destroy himself. Or he could bleed the crystal and become even stronger. We all know which option he went with.

7 The Dark Side Is Strong Here

When Darth Vader was bleeding his crystal, he had a vision. We already discussed this. Vader realization the implications of the vision and the strength of his power here. The dark side is stronger on Mustafar. It’s even stronger at one specific location – the place he decided to eventually build his castle.

It is known that some locations are stronger in either the light side or the dark side. We’ve seen this in the movies, novels, and comics. That Darth Vader managed to find one isn’t all that surprising. It is however surprising that it was so close to the area where he was so badly wounded.

6 Home Of Lord Momin

The location was once the home and testing site of Lord Momin a Sith. It’s unclear if this was his birthplace, or if he was drawn to the location just as Darth Vader was. We do know that Momin was a genius when it came to inventions. He considered designing and creating weapons and buildings to be the highest form of his art.

Lord Momin was eventually brought down by the Jedi, but not before he managed to do quite a lot of damage. But more on that later. The important thing to note is that this is the location where Momin likely died.

5 Death Engine Testing

Lord Momin, as mentioned above, loved to test out new weapons and designs. One of these designs very well have been the precursor to the Death Star. He designed – and tested – a weapon he called the Death Engine. It took out cities at a time, while still allowing him to be close enough to see the pain and devastating that he caused.

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Mustafar is the very location where he tested this device. It’s ultimately the reason why the Jedi were forced to act against Momin. It’s also entirely possible that buried somewhere on this planet are the discarded remains of his Death Engine.

4 A Tuning Fork

The Castle of Vader is designed to be a tuning fork, of sorts. Lord Momin himself helped Darth Vader to design the castle. It took several iterations to get right, during which time Momin should consider himself lucky that he wasn’t mortal.

The goal was to use the castle as a tuning fork – a way to reach through the veil and connect Vader with whatever was on the other side. While he never admitted it, he desperately sought his lost wife, Queen Amidala. What he would have done had he found her is a completely different story.

3 Force Locus

The Castle wasn’t the only factor at play. They needed to design monoliths to help concentrate and direct the force being plied into it. It’s unlikely that this would have ever succeeded with a weaker Sith, but that was never a concern for Vader.

With the Castle and Locus properly aligned the door of the veil could be opened. What is on the other side is a different question. This whole process once again required the help of the spirit of Lord Momin. As Momin put it “The Door to the Dark Side is locked, this is the key” (Darth Vader #22).

2 Resurrection

Momin repeatedly stated that this was the location where the veil between life and death could be pierced. His motive should have been more obvious from the start, but there was so much going on. It’s no surprise that Vader missed the vital signs of what Momin was actually intending to do here.

This site soon became the location of Lord Momin’s resurrection. Here he opened the veil and got his body back. In full form once again, he was able to manipulate the force and once again be whole. All he wanted to do was continue his inventing and experimentation.

1 The Truth

Darth Vader had hoped to find Padme when he opened the door. Instead, he found the truth. The truth of who and what he is. The truth of Padme’s fate – how there is nothing he could have done, no choice he could have made, that would have prevented her death. There was nothing he could do now either, to bring her back.

Vader learned many truths on this day, and it certainly would have broken a lesser man. For all we know the truth did break Vader, at least a little bit. It’s not like we could easily tell. What we do know is that Darth Sidious was proud of Vader for learning the truth and surviving it.

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2019-03-08 11:03:09

Cat Wyatt

Why Mark Hamill Gets Upset When Trump Is Compared To Darth Vader

Mark Hamill Darth Vader

Star Wars star Mark Hamill revealed why he gets upset when people compare political figures like Donald Trump and Dick Cheney to movie villain Darth Vader. It’s no surprise hearing Hamill give his opinion on topics both political and pop cultural, as the actor has become one of the most outspoken – and popular – figures on Twitter.

Sometimes Hamill’s uncensored remarks have even gotten him in trouble, as when he talked about his role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and revealed that he clashed with writer-director Rian Johnson over the way Luke Skywalker was handled in the movie. Never shy about giving his takes on the Star Wars saga, Hamill also – humorously – said that Boba Fett should be revealed as Skywalker’s mother. Sometimes Hamill dips his toe into political waters as well, as when he suggested U.S. President Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star should be replaced by one honoring his late co-star Carrie Fisher. Hamill also once trolled the president by reading his notorious tweets in the voice of the Joker, the character Hamill has played for decades in various Batman animated properties.

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In his latest take, the ever-opinionated Hamill once again took on Donald Trump. Speaking to the Washington Post’s Cape Up Podcast with Jonathan Capehart, Hamill discussed why it bothers him when people compare real-life political figures like Trump and former Vice President Dick Cheney to the fictional bad guy Vader. In Hamill’s view, there is really no comparison between Vader and Trump or Cheney, because ultimately Vader’s story arc led to redemption, while according to Hamill the jury is still out on the current president and former VP. Hamill said:

“I really get upset then when people compare [Trump], or even [former vice president] Dick Cheney, to Darth Vader, because Darth Vader repented. He saw the error of his ways. I don’t see either one of them [Cheney or Trump] doing that.”

Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in Star Wars Return of the Jedi

Of course, in the Star Wars saga, villainous Vader began life as the gifted young Jedi good guy Anakin Skywalker. As depicted in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy, Anakin eventually goes over to the Dark Side of the Force and becomes the pupil of the evil Emperor Palpatine. But Vader’s fall from grace finally leads him back to the light as, in the original Star Wars trilogy, the galaxy’s ultimate bad guy turns on Palpatine and shares a final moment of redemption with his son Luke (whom he previously tried to turn to the Dark Side).

So though Darth Vader reigns in pop culture as one of the most recognizable bad guys of all-time, his story is arguably less about his evil deeds and more about his ability to redeem himself in the end. In Hamill’s view then, when people hold up Vader as an example of a bad guy against which to compare real life figures who are largely disliked, it doesn’t ring entirely true. No doubt, many will take Hamill to task for his latest jab against President Trump. But there’s no question that Hamill at least has a firm grasp on his Star Wars lore, which should come as no surprise given his deep personal connection to the material.

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Source: Cape Up Podcast

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2018-12-28 01:12:25

Darth Maul Actor Wants to Choreograph Star Wars Lightsaber Fights

Darth Maul actor Ray Park has expressed interest in choreographing lightsaber duels for future Star Wars movies. Park, of course, first played the Sith Lord in 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, before returning to the role at long last in this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.

As most fans are aware, Maul was seemingly killed in The Phantom Menace on Naboo. After murdering Qui-Gon Jinn, Maul was cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi and fell backward into a pit. While Park has only made two appearances in the live-action Star Wars films, it was explained in the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, that Maul actually lived through this ordeal thanks to the Force and his hatred for Kenobi. That being said, Solo: A Star Wars Story officially made Maul’s survival part of the live-action canon by revealing him as the leader of the criminal organization Crimson Dawn. Park’s return to the role was a big surprise for many fans, but now it seems he wants to continue his Star Wars career on the big screen.

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When asked on Twitter why Park hasn’t choreographed lightsaber duels for the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Park responded by saying that he would take that job “in a heart beat“. Park began practicing martial arts at a young age and has often done complex stunts for characters like Toad in X-Men and Snake Eyes in the G.I. Joe films. With Park’s background as a martial artist, he would be a good choice to choreograph more lightsaber duels, but so far it hasn’t happened. His full Tweet can be seen below:

Even though the prequel films aren’t considered a high point for the Star Wars franchise, the character of Darth Maul is widely considered one of the best parts of the prequel trilogy. While some feel Maul’s Solo cameo wasn’t a good idea, others were just excited to see the character return to the big screen. Kenobi and Maul had one final (and emotional) lightsaber duel in the animated series Star Wars Rebels, but with the Star Wars story spinoffs being (seemingly) put on hold, that battle may never end up being adapted for live-action.

In short, Darth Maul’s future in the Star Wars universe is up in the air right now. Until more news about another live-action Darth Maul appearance is announced, Star Wars fanatics will just have to enjoy seeing the character on the Solo Blu-ray, when it is released later this month on Tuesday, September 25.

MORE: Darth Maul’s Survival & Movie Future Explained

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2018-09-15 04:09:15 – Christopher Fiduccia

Darth Maul’s Solo Cameo Wasn’t Originally A Bigger Role

Darth Maul’s surprise cameo at the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story was never originally a larger role. After nearly 20 years, the famed villain made his return to the big screen in the spinoff. After seemingly dying in The Phantom Menace, Lucasfilm brought Maul back for small screen offerings like Rebels and Clone Wars, fleshing out the character and making him one of the more tragic figures in Star Wars lore. Even though die-hard canon enthusiasts knew Maul was still alive during the events of Solo, few would have predicted he’d appear in the films again.

The decision proved to be controversial, either distracting from Han’s arc in his own movie or brilliantly blending the areas of canon depending on who you asked. It certainly was a little curious Lucasfilm went with an antagonist who was so well-known, which may cause some to wonder if Maul’s Solo role was initially beefed up. Despite the latest rounds of speculation, we can safely say that was never the case.

Related: Ray Park Tried To Spoil Darth Maul’s Solo Cameo

Rumors that Maul originally had more to do in Solo spread shortly after actor Ray Park fired back at critics on Instagram, after seeing comments referring to Maul’s physique as “fatty.” In the post, Park explained how he trained extensively for his bit part, even though he was battling through a hip injury. Additionally, the Maul makeup had an “aged effect” to effectively portray an older Maul. Some people believe that since Park trained for Solo it meant he had more to do, but that’s not true.

For starters, Park himself says in the Instagram caption, “I knew I had no action to do.” In fact, during Solo’s development, Maul’s return wasn’t set in stone until the latter stages of production. The Crimson Dawn kingpin was simply called “Boss” in the script, and the creative team put together a list of possible candidates to choose from. With Co-writer Jonathan Kasdan and director Ron Howard voicing their support for Maul, the former Sith Lord won out. While Kasdan always hoped to use Maul, the character was written in such a way that it theoretically could have been anyone. Solo was never dependent on Maul’s inclusion. The real purpose of the scene within the context of the movie is to conclude Qi’ra’s character arc, illustrating her allegiance to a shadowy and evil figure. Expanding Maul’s role would not have made sense.

Plus, Park’s training regimen is thin evidence that he was ever supposed to have a more physical role. Mark Hamill had a wordless cameo in the last scene of The Force Awakens and was still expected to get back into shape for Luke Skywalker. Billy Dee Williams is boxing in the gym before playing Lando Calrissian in Episode IX, but at 81 years old, there’s only so much he’d realistically be able to do. Perhaps one day Maul’s partnership with Qi’ra will be expanded, but audiences were never supposed to see more of the villain in Solo.

MORE: Watch The Full Darth Maul Scene From Solo

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2018-09-11 08:09:32 – Chris Agar

Ray Park Tried to Spoil His Darth Maul Cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Ray Park tried to spoil his Solo: A Star Wars Story cameo as Maul. Viewers, especially general audiences, were quite surprised when the former Sith Lord made his return to the big screen in this summer’s spinoff. To many moviegoers, Maul died at the end of The Phantom Menace, and though the character was eventually brought back to life in Clone Wars, few would have predicted he’d ever come back to the live-action films. It was a very controversial decision that split audiences; some thought it was an unnecessary distraction, while others felt it was a clever way to integrate the TV shows with the movies.

Lucasfilm is known for playing things close to the chest, so Maul was something they saved for Solo’s premiere. For a while, the creative team didn’t even know who would be revealed as the leader of the Crimson Dawn syndicate. Maul was selected from a list of possible candidates, with director Ron Howard in particular advocating for him. But for all the secrecy that went into bringing back Maul, Park did everything in his power to let people know what was in store.

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The recent Forbes article featuring new promotional stills of Park in his Maul costume included a quote from the actor, where he admitted his social media followers were tipped off well in advance:

“I may have deleted a bunch, but if you go back and check all my Instagram posts, I was secretly telling everyone, but no-one knew.”

Funnily enough, nobody would have suspected Park was referring to Solo in his posts. Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm, there have been non-stop rumors about an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff, which seemed like a more natural place for Maul to return (this was before the character’s arc on Rebels). Of course, Park’s hints were so subtle, even the savviest of fans may not have caught on. For instance, a post in November 2017 featured Park igniting a red lightsaber and telling followers, “May the Force be with you.” That could easily be interpreted as a fun nod to Park’s most famous role and nothing more. Even if he did delete some, it’s unlikely any overtly spoiled Maul’s appearance. Lucasfilm has media-trained their talent very well, underlining the importance of preserving key surprises. Fortunately for Park, no one was able to piece his puzzle together.

Due to Solo’s underwhelming box office intake, there doesn’t seem to be a place for Maul in the films moving forward. Though Alden Ehrenreich signed a three-picture deal with Lucasfilm, the odds of there being a Solo sequel are slim (which essentially nixes any hopes of a Solo spinoff centering on Qi’ra and Maul). At the same time, the movie ended in a way that was almost teasing a continuation of some kind. Perhaps the other areas of canon could provide closure for this story thread, letting fans know Qi’ra’s ultimate fate.

MORE: The Clone Wars Revival Can Pay Off Maul’s Solo Cameo

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2018-09-07 02:09:20 – Chris Agar