– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Yeah, if you’ve read the headline and seen the film, you know exactly which cameo we’re talking about. However, if you’ve managed to overlook the title and disclaimer at the top, I’m giving you one last opportunity to look away before you’re spoiled forever.

On the whole, Solo: A Star Wars Story managed to be a solid standalone experience. While I would argue it never fully justified its existence with any new, meaningful information, it was a fun ride that pretty much anyone could jump into and enjoy. However, near the closing credits of the film, audiences were treated to an interesting cameo in the form of the fan-favorite Darth Maul.

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But how did this come about? It turns out that the script didn’t originally actually have a named character from the get-go, as director Ron Howard revealed in an interview with /Film.

“It just sort of said ‘Boss’. And I thought when I came in, I assumed they knew who it was and they were just keeping it under wraps. And they didn’t. But Maul was listed as one of the candidates. And I lobbied hard for that. I thought that made a lot of sense to me. I found that character to be really effective. And I knew for a fact, without asking directly and giving anything away, my son Reed who just turned 31, who’s a dedicated Star Wars fan, he’s a golfer. He’s not in the business. Dedicated Star Wars fan. I just whispered that possibility and he just thought that would be incredibly cool. And so for that generation, I thought, well that was gonna be a pretty interesting idea. And doing a little more research and understanding sort of how the character had worked elsewhere, I thought it was good. And the Kasdans were on board with that.”

While it is kind of cool that Howard actually lobbied to make this cameo a reality, it is another piece of evidence that proves that Lucasfilm has no overall plan for these films. On the heels of this reveal, there’s been tons of speculation as to what this can mean for the franchise going forward. However, while it may very well mean something for the future, it doesn’t sound like the studio has a set-in-stone plan for what’s to come.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.