Darth Maul is one of the central antagonists of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Despite having only four lines and limited screen time, his satanic appearance and combat prowess made him an iconic and fan-favorite character in the Star Wars Saga. He was played by Ray Park and voiced by Peter Serafinowicz in The Phantom Menace, in which the character was presumed dead. It was later revealed in Star Wars: The Clone Wars that he survived, and his animated appearances were voiced by Sam Witwer.
The character is introduced as the Sith apprentice of Senator Palpatine, secretly Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith. Maul is dispatched to find Queen Padmé Amidala of Naboo, who had escaped the Sith and Trade Federation occupation of the planet. Maul fought Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, marking the first known time a Jedi had fought a Sith Lord in nearly a thousand years. After the queen returned to Naboo to retake her planet, Maul fought Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi in a lightsaber duel. The Sith Lord was able to kill Jinn, but Kenobi left Maul gravely injured and believed to be dead.
Following Maul's defeat, he went into exile, his mind warped with anger and thoughts of revenge. He was rediscovered by his brother, Savage Oppress, during the Clone Wars, and the two joined forces to once again gain power and declare themselves the true Dark Lords of the Sith. Maul went on to briefly rule Mandalore, but he was discovered and captured by Darth Sidious, while Oppress was killed by the Dark Lord.
Involvement in upcoming projectsEdit
Darth Maul: Son of DathomirEdit
On January 7, 2014, comic writer Jeremy Barlow revealed that he was writing a comic series titled Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, which will serve as a continuation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars now that the show has been cancelled. The series is based on a set of Darth Maul-centric episodes that were written, but not produced, prior to the show's cancellation. Maul's story picks up where it left off in the fifth season, after he was captured by Darth Sidious, and is expected to reveal how the character fits into the Sith plan for galactic domination. It is further speculated that this will conclude Darth Maul's story in The Clone Wars, though The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni has said that fans will have to read the comic to find out if that is the case.
Park's willingness to returnEdit
In July 2013, Ray Park spoke to MTV and said that he would be ready and willing to return for more Star Wars, including further live-action appearances as Darth Maul. Park was a fan of how the character was brought back for The Clone Wars, and would like to continue to explore that storyline. Park told MTV that he would like to see the double-bladed lightsaber again "to bring a meaner, badder Maul" and that he would also "like to go shirtless and show off more of the character's Nightbrother clan tattoos."
Official canon appearancesEdit
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (First canon appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir