Rumors fly around a mile a minute when it comes to Star Wars. One of those involving the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+ had his nemesis, Darth Maul, showing up as the main villain. That was prior to Hayden Christensen signing on to reprise his role as Darth Vader. Well, someone who ought to know, director Deborah Chow, says Maul was never part of the plan. She told Total Film…
“As long as I’ve been involved, we’ve never had Darth Maul in any of it. Dave [Filoni] did a beautiful job of telling that story already.”
She’s referring to season three of Star Wars Rebels, which saw Maul and Kenobi have their final battle. Maul was last seen running the Crimon Dawn criminal empire in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Chow continued, “With a lot of the legacy aspects, the decision to bring Vader into it was not made lightly. We’re 10 years after ‘Revenge of The Sith.’ Where is Obi-Wan’s starting place? What has been important to him in his life? Anakin and Vader are a huge and very profound part of his life. We ended up feeling that he made sense in telling this story. And Vader casts such a dark shadow in this, that to have Maul as well, it might be a little bit much.”
I’m willing to bet Maul was meant for Obi-Wan Kenobi at some point, possibly back when it was going to be a movie and before Chow joined up.