In a new interview with Total Film (via GamesRadar+), Obi-Wan Kenobi director Deborah Chow denies The Hollywood Reporter’s report claiming that Darth Maul was to be a key villain of the series in Hossein Amini’s cancelled scripts.
“As long as I’ve been involved, we’ve never had Darth Maul in any of it”, she says. “Dave [Filoni] did a beautiful job of telling that story already [in Star Wars Rebels].”
In Rebels, Maul finds Obi-Wan on Tatooine and gets killed by the Jedi in a lighstaber duel, about two years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
“For anybody trying to tell a story in the middle of these two trilogies, there were only certain elements that made sense in where [Obi-Wan] is”, adds Chow. “With a lot of the legacy aspects, the decision to bring Vader into it was not made lightly. We’re 10 years after Revenge Of The Sith. Where is Obi-Wan’s starting place? What has been important to him in his life? Anakin and Vader are a huge and very profound part of his life. We ended up feeling that he made sense in telling this story. And Vader casts such a dark shadow in this, that to have Maul as well, it might be a little bit much.”