At The Clone Wars panel at Star Wars Celebration on Sunday, Dave Filoni revealed some very exciting details about the long-awaited fight between Maul and Ahsoka.
Filoni wanted this fight to be among the most epic and extensive he’s ever done, and now that he’s got more experience doing live-action stuff (with The Mandalorian), he actually brought in the original Darth Maul, Ray Park, to do the mo-cap fighting! That’s pretty amazing!
Here’s what Filoni said:
“Thats a fun little thing that I’ll talk about. I’m trying to find ways to make the show better, to give you guys more than you’ve ever had before, and so one of the things I thought would be great is that I need to have, and I wanted to have, as much as the Obi-Wan versus Maul fight was brief, I wanted this fight to be big. I wanted this to be an epic lightsaber fight. I haven’t done too many of those in Clone Wars over the years, and so this one had to be like I felt among the best, if not the best, we did. So the best way to do that, to have a great lightsaber fight, is go talk to somebody that has done lightsaber fighting. And so I went and I know Ray Park from over the years, and I said, ‘Ray, wouldn’t it be great if, now that I have experience doing more live-action stuff, why don’t we just suit you up in a mo-cap suit and have you be Darth Maul again?’ So when you see Maul fighting, it’s going to be really Maul fighting. And my animation lead and I were watching it, as well as they’ve done everything in the past when Maul has done lightsaber fighting, there’s just something unique about the way Ray moves. It’s a skill, it’s an art, it’s truly him. And I was just thrilled that we could bring that and have you, the voice and the body again together, like it was great. It was a great moment watching him and him perform it.”
We caught just a very brief glimpse of this fight in the trailer released for The Clone Wars, but this figures to be one of the biggest highlights not just from the seventh season of the show but from all seven seasons, period. And I think it makes things even more exciting since we know that Ray Park is actually the one doing the fighting. Park obviously portrayed Maul in The Phantom Menace, and he again returned to reprise the role in Solo. In that most recent film, he portrayed Maul but Sam Witwer voiced the character, and that’s the same thing that will happen in The Siege of Mandalore fight. That is, in my opinion, the perfect combination. Ray Park doing the fight choreography and Sam Witwer providing the voice?
I didn’t know that it was possible to make me more excited for The Siege of Mandalore, but Dave Filoni has managed to do it! This is awesome, and this is one of the ways in which we can expect The Clone Wars to be even better now because of all Filoni has learned in the years since the previous season.