George Lucas’ ‘Star Wars’ Sequel Trilogy Plans Included Darth Maul

As it turns out, George Lucas' sequel trilogy would've seen the return of a familiar villain too.

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New details surrounding George Lucas’ plans for the Star Wars sequel trilogy have been uncovered and his treatments involved Darth Maul, Leia becoming the Chosen One, and more.

Darth Maul notably made a return to Star Wars in the critical acclaimed Clone Wars animated series after his fate in The Phantom Menace. The character has gone on to appear in Rebels and made an appearance at the end of Solo. Darth Maul’s character development in the animated Star Wars material has made him one of the most beloved villains in the franchise. As it turns out, Geroge Lucas even had planned on using the former Sith apprentice in his sequel trilogy.

In the upcoming Star Wars Archives: 1999-2005, more details on George Lucas’ plans for Episodes VII-IX were revealed. While some details echo what we eventually got with the sequel trilogy, Lucas planned on Darth Maul having as a presence with Darth Talon from Legends as his apprentice. Darth Maul would’ve also been the godfather in the galaxy who takes over after the Empire falls, something that is teased in both Clone Wars and Solo. It was also revealed that Lucas’ sequel trilogy would’ve seen Leia become the Supreme Chancellor and the Chosen One along with Luke restarting the Jedi Order with Order 66 survivors.

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Here is the official synopsis for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:

Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

Directed by J. J. Abrams, The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. The late Carrie Fisher appears as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

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Source: Star Wars Archives: 1999-2005

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.