First appearing in Star Wars The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul quickly became a cult following within the intergalactic saga. But what happened to the one hiding under the Sith Lord’s makeup?
The first notes of Duel of the Fate, an epic track composed by John Williams, resound … Obi Wan and Qui Gon Jinn step forward and face their enemy, Darth Maul. The latter draws his double lightsaber, starting the most iconic fight of the prelogy (with the one between Anakin and Obi Wan in Revenge of the Sith).
Maul, Zabrak from Dathomir, is played by Ray Park, who gives us a masterful demonstration of his swordsmanship skills in The Phantom Menace. The sequence marks a whole generation of spectators, which still remains imprinted in the minds of the public today. The latter is amazed by the dynamism of the fight, sublimated by a lively choreography and the Homeric score by John Williams.
Martial arts expert Ray Park is no stranger to the success of The Phantom Menace. An accomplished athlete, he notably practices Thai boxing, gymnastics, wushu and oriental weapon handling. After Star Wars Episode I, where he reveals himself to the general public, the actor and stuntman joins the X-Men, playing the mutant Toad. Tim Burton also calls on him to be the stunt double for Headless Horseman Christopher Walken in Sleepy Hollow.
His athletic skills lead Ray Park to play a certain Chuck Norris in The Legend of Bruce Lee (2008). After a little slump in the mid-2000s, the fighter is getting back on his feet, showing off in the Snake Eyes costume in GI Joe Le Réveil du Cobra (2009).
The same year, the British returned to the small screen in the series Heroes. He lends his stature to the character of Edgar, an antagonist capable of moving extremely fast. He returned to the cinema in 2010 in The King of Fighters, the adaptation of the eponymous video game mixing science fiction and martial arts. Ray Park then resumes his role of Snake Eyes for the second installment of GI Joe: Conspiracy. After a few roles in smaller productions (Jinn, Future Fighters, Profession Killer), Ray Park made a very noticeable appearance in Solo A Star Wars Story.
In 2018, 20 years after The Phantom Menace, the actor is finally back in the mythical role of Darth Maul. This Star Wars spin-off formalizes the comeback of the famous Sith. The latter survived his duel against Obi Wan, who however sliced him in two at the end of their fight. The Zabrak returns in 2020 in season 7 of the animated series The Clone Wars. Ray Park lends his voice to the character, who this time faces the formidable Ahsoka Tano. This Jedi, apprentice of Anakin Skywalker, could be embodied in live action by Rosario Dawson in The Mandalorian.
DARK MAUL IN SOLO
In Solo, Maul tells Qi’Ra (Emilia Clarke) that they will have to collaborate more closely, leaving the door open to a feature film dedicated to the Sith Lord. However, after the film’s semi-failure, it seems unlikely that such a project could see the light of day at this time. However, there are rumors of a Disney + series featuring Darth Sidious’ ex-padawan. It would take place in part after the events of Solo but would also explore the character’s past, one of the most beloved by Star Wars fans.
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