We have a potentially tantalizing new rumor regarding a fan-favorite character from the Star Wars universe. Darth Maul made his return to the big screen in last year's Solo, which served as something of a welcome surprise for hardcore fans of the franchise. But was that just the beginning? Did that set up something more? That may be the case, if there is any truth at all to this new rumor regarding the possible Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series, which may or may not end up happening on the Disney+ streaming service.
Warning: for the time being, this should be regarded as nothing more than a rumor. It has not been confirmed by anyone at Lucasfilm. And, in this case, we're dealing with a rumor about a show that hasn't even officially been announced yet. So, absorb the information accordingly. That said, it's a believable enough rumor that it's worth talking about at least a little bit. Without further adieu, a new report states that Darth Maul will indeed show up in the Obi-Wan TV series, which is said to be in the works for Disney+. Additionally, Qi'Ra, as portrayed by Emilia Clarke, is also expected to show up, which would help to tie up some loose ends left at the end of Solo.
Just as a quick recap, at the end of Solo it was revealed that the mysterious leader of the criminal organization known as Crimson Dawn was actually being headed up by Maul. It had been previously established in The Clone Wars animated series that Maul survived his first encounter with Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan in The Phantom Menace, thanks to a fancy new pair of metal legs. Qi'Ra wound up essentially working for Maul at the end of the movie, after Paul Bettany's Dryden Vos was removed from the equation.
This was clearly something that would have been explored in Solo 2, had the movie been made. There is a lot to unpack here. First of all, the prospect of getting to see Obi-Wan and Maul get a rematch in live-action is potentially very exciting. That said, this is something that already happened in the animated series Rebels. Not to spoil it, but the episode definitely resolved the long-standing conflict between the two figures. Though, there's nothing that says they couldn't have come face-to-face in the years between.
Ewan McGregor was, it seemed, set to make his return as Obi-Wan in a standalone movie that was pretty far along in the development stage. However, the lackluster response to Solo led Lucasfilm to shift their strategy and thinking quite a bit. Instead, they're focusing a lot on Disney+, which will be home to the first ever live-action series in the franchise, The Mandalorian, set to debut in November. A Rogue One prequel series is also in the works. The indication, per several reports, is that the Obi-Wan movie will be repurposed as limited series. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the alleged project are made available. This was previously reported by We Got This Covered.