Yesterday we exclusively revealed from our source at Lucasfilm that Disney had decided to move on without Ray Park as Darth Maul. We didn’t really get any specific details as to why? We were told it had a connection to the Ray Park Instagram incident earlier this week, but nothing more. Today we can share that since we broke our initial story, two scoopers have commented with some additional information.
First off we have Jeremy Conrad over at Star Wars Unity. Conrad said our story makes sense, because he had heard there was a decision to be made about Ray Park as Maul. Here is Conrad’s quote in reference to what he had about his Solo continuation scoop we covered yesterday.
“When I heard about the Solo continuation yesterday, I was told that it was unsure if Park would be returning. If LRM Online is hearing they’ve decided to move on, then chances are that’s what has happened.”
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Secondly we may have a clue as to why this has all happened. Remember we don’t yet know the full details of what was going on with that Instagram post yet. However, Jordan Maison whilst not confirming our scoop, does give some more information. Check it out.
Always hard to say when "official casting" hasn't happened that someone is getting recast…However, over a year ago, when I first heard about Darth Maul popping up on Disney+, the condition of Park coming back was him staying clean & sober. https://t.co/dqdmocKkI2
— Jordan Maison (@JordanMaison) July 28, 2020
If Park’s return was contingent on him staying clean and sober, then one has to wonder? Was Park’s now infamous Instagram post something he did whilst UTI? All we can say really, is that Maison heard Park’s sobriety was a part of his return to the role. Until we get some official information from Lucasfilm, we may not know the full details. I have a feeling that Lucasfilm won’t be announcing anything to do with Darth Maul until they are ready to announce what show he was coming to. That could yet be some time away I feel?
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SOURCED: Jordan Maison (via Twitter), Star Wars Unity