Fans of ‘Star Wars Rebels’ would not have taken it well, and rightly so. Darth Maul as the villain of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’? The Hollywood Reporter has published a completely speculative piece chronicling what would have been the creative journey of the next ‘Star Wars’ series, What will we see on May 25 on Disney +. One of the most ‘controversial’ points of said information would be the one that mentions that the bet prior to the reset of this television fiction, had the aforementioned villain as the antagonist of the story.
But let’s go by parts. First we have to remember that Hossein Amini would have originally been in charge of a script that he did not like, at which time Amini was replaced by the current series writer, Joby Harold. As mentioned by THR sources, the discontent with said discarded script initially arose from Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, galactic creative props who were not convinced with the tone of an ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ very similar to ‘The Mandalorian’; and whose focus needed to be “most spectacular”. Faced with this voice of alarm, it would have been Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, who decided to discard Amini’s proposal.
Said change of direction would have resulted in the casting of another actor to embody Luke Skywalker, who would finally be played by Grant Feely; and the discarding of Darth Maul as part of the plot. In the article itself, several sources contradict themselves in this regard, but it is also that one of the members of the Star Wars Story Group, Pablo Hidalgo, has denied the largest on his Twitter account (via starwarsnet.com). What is said, is commented, is that Filoni himself would be responsible for the discarding of Maul in favor of Darth Vader. Apparently Filoni found a way to introduce Vader as a terrible bad guy from ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’, also rescuing the Grand Inquisitor, a character launched by Filoni himself in ‘Rebels’.
The first thing to understand the outrage of the fans of ‘Star Wars Rebels’, animated series of ‘Star Wars’, regarding the inclusion of Darth Maul in ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’; is clarify the galactic timeline. ‘Obi-Wan’ would be set nine years before ‘Episode IV – A New Hope’ and ‘Rebels’ five years before. This means that the whole plot of this animated fictionwhich plays on the cat/mouse dynamic between the Sith Lord and the Jedi Master, culminating in a final fateful duel for Maul; it happens after what we will see in the series starring Ewan McGregor. Thus, the introduction of Maul as a villain of ‘Obi-Wan’ I would deny that last meeting between Kenobi and Maul so applauded by many fans.
Regarding the appearance of Maul in ‘Han Solo: A Star Wars Story’, a thread that others suggest could be pulled to recount this Sith Lord, ‘Solo’ is set between 13 and 10 years before ‘A New Hope’ so it would be prior to ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’. This means that the Maul from ‘Solo’strut of the Dark Side who is revealed to be the ultimate head of the criminal syndicate known as the Crimson Dawn of which Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) was a part; yes it could appear in ‘Obi-Wan’. Now, if the animation is respected, Maul shouldn’t cross paths with the Jedi Master, so would it have to work leading its own plot or, a cameo? We leave doubts on May 25 on Disney +.
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