Sam Witwer Is Surprised and Delighted to Keep Returning to His Major Star Wars Role

Maul, as voiced by Witwer.
Maul, as voiced by Witwer.
Image: Disney/Lucasfilm

Just when you think you’re out, the galaxy far, far away keeps pulling you right back in.

Illustration for article titled Sam Witwer Is Surprised and Delighted to Keep Returning to His Major Star Wars Role

Yesterday, I shared the now-infamous clip from Solo where Witwer reprises his vocal role as the formerly-Darth Maul, dubbing over Ray Park in order to bring the character to live action in a way that preserves continuity with the animated shows, where Witwer’s Maul has brought new life to the character.

For Witwer, this has been a strange experience. As he said in an interview with CinemaBlend recently, the actor was both thrilled and a bit shocked to return to the role he made his own... over and over again:

I sure wasn’t expecting it. It was a little bit of a surprise. Look, it was shock and disbelief. I didn’t believe what I was being told, and furthermore, I didn’t know the story at the time, so it had to be explained to me what the significance of this whole plot was. And then getting on the phone with Ray Park and sharing our giddiness over the fact that we had the opportunity to do this. But yeah, look, I’ve publicly said goodbye to the Maul character I think twice. When Clone Wars was over, I think I did a few interviews where I said, ‘Ah, it was a wonderful time and I’m saying goodbye to the character.’ And then he was back for Rebels. And then after Rebels, he gets killed and I go, ‘Well, it was a wonderful run and I’m saying goodbye to the character.’ And then Solo...

Witwer’s career as Maul has been full of starts and stops. He was on Clone Wars, which was canceled, and then reappeared on Rebels, where he died in a striking duel. And now he’s back a third time, in a cameo that is almost certainly not the character’s last appearance. Actors form relationships with characters they play over a long period of time, and saying goodbye to those characters can be difficult. Poor Witwer has had to do it several times, now, and who knows when his next Maul appearance will finally be his last.


io9 Weekend Editor. Videogame writer at other places. Queer nerd girl.


I know a lot of people who exclusively watch the movies find Maul annoying and fan-servicey, but you know what? I have one thing to say to those people:

It’s okay, you don’t have to like him, but let those of us who do have this.

A lot of people, just like me, and including the folks who wrote Solo, adore the Maul storyline in Clone Wars. Just let us have this. It was a small little cameo at the end of a movie. No different than any cameo for a comic book character you’ve never heard of in a Marvel movie.

Just cool it, okay? Please. This is cool. The actor is cool. The character was made cool by the expanded material. Just let it be.