The hype around the "Obi-Wan Kenobi" series on Disney+ is getting bigger and bigger. Just last week, Disney released a first trailer and this week there is news again. It's about Darth Maul, the infamous Sith Lord who supposedly passed away at the end of "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace". But as we found out later, that wasn't the case: He led a life as a gangster boss after that, and at the end of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" he appeared as the boss of the Crimson Dawn syndicate. His goal: to finally exert revenge on Obi-Wan. Because of this, many fans have been looking forward to an appearance by Darth Maul in the "Obi-Wan" series, but The Hollywood reporter seems to have bad news. According to a report, actor Ray Parker was prepared for a return and was rumored to be on set. Depending on the source, there is even talk that Darth Maul should have been the main antagonist. However, this all has been denied by Lucasfilm so far. Allegedly Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are the leading heads behind the decision to ban the villain completely from the series.
In this context, another rumor is also circulating, which is that Lucasfilm producer Filoni preferred to have Darth Vader in the original role of Darth Maul. One indication of this is an interview by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, in which she confirms that screenwriter Joby Harold will be revising the script. In the end, we do get a popular character back with Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader, but still some "Star Wars" fans were hoping for some connection to Darth Maul. Perhaps we can expect one or two more surprises – there is still little time for further announcements before the series starts streaming on Disney+ May 25, 2022.