Say what you will about the Star Wars prequels, but there's no denying that #EwanMcGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi and #RayPark's Darth Maul were downright fantastic characters. With Obi-Wan's wisdom beyond his years and Maul's savage, almost animal-like presence, the pair could have been the perfect ying-yang of the prequel trilogy had the latter not met their end early on in the franchise.
The small screen managed to fix what was arguably the prequels' biggest mistake and resurrected Maul in the fourth season of #StarWarsTheCloneWars. Over the next year or so, we watched his revenge plan fall in to place, hitting Obi-Wan where it hurt and slaughtering the people he loved. However, following the acquisition of #Lucasfilm by #Disney, Maul's story was left unfinished for several years. It wasn't until early 2016 that we learned, during the Season 2 finale of #StarWarsRebels, that Maul was in fact still alive and kicking.
However, while Maul's story has started to flesh out a bit more between #RevengeOfTheSith and #ANewHope, there's surprisingly very little about our boy Obi-Wan Kenobi. Aside from a few comics, there's basically nothing detailing his adventures (or lack thereof) during those 20 years on Tatooine and, frankly, I need to know what he's been up to during his time off.
It's no surprise then that a lot of people have been begging for an Obi-Wan solo movie, including the man himself, Ewan McGregor. The actor behind the role has made it no secret that he'd love to return to the Star Wars universe and is just "waiting for the call." Have a watch of his interview with Collider below. It's a lot of fun and really shows that, despite being absent for the past decade, he's still a huge fan of the franchise.
It seems McGregor isn't the only Star Wars veteran interested in returning for a spin-off movie. Thanks to the people at Creators and Moviepilot, I was able to visit Berlin Comic-Con the other week and have a chat with none other than Darth Maul himself, Ray Park. As well as being a really nice guy, Ray was also willing to answer any questions I had about his past and potential future with the #StarWars franchise.
So, when I asked him if he'd ever consider returning for another stab at Darth Maul, he replied:
"Oh yeah of course! It's not up to me though; I'm just hoping they ask me. I'd definitely be up for it!"
You heard it here first, folks.
Could It Actually Happen Though?
Thing is though, like he said, it's not up to him. As much as we'd all love to see Maul and Obi-Wan duke it out one last time in the sands of Tatooine, it's all down to whether the top dogs at Lucasfilm think it's a good idea. Although Maul is still alive in canon, he hasn't appeared in the movies since #ThePhantomMenace and bringing him back could be confusing for more casual fans of the series.
However, it's good to know it's on the cards. 20 years later, Ray Park is still a fantastic stunt artist and would love to see the character on the big screen again. We just need to convince Lucasfilm to give him another shot.