- The cast of “Solo” had no idea about that major appearance from an iconic Star Wars character at the end of the movie.
- Han Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich said he only learned about the cameo a few months ago.
- Please don’t read this post if you don’t want to know about the spoiler.
Warning: There are MAJOR spoilers for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” below. Read at your own risk. And if you haven’t seen “Solo” yet, do it. It’s pretty good!
Director Ron Howard and the crew did everything they could to avoid spoiling the major cameo at the end of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” including keeping the film’s cast in the dark about it as long as possible.
At the end of “Solo,” it’s revealed that Darth Maul is the head of crime organization Crimson Dawn, and who Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) was really working for this whole time. His appearance came as a surprise to many people, considering Obi-Wan Kenobi literally slit his body in half with a lightsaber in “The Phantom Menace.” But in novelizations and in Star Wars series “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels,” he survives. Darth Maul’s appearance in “Solo” makes that canon for the films as well. (Well, minus an entire story where Darth Maul temporarily has spider legs.)
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Han Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich said that he had no idea Darth Maul would appear until a few months ago, when the cast was filming pick-ups (footage filmed after the initial filming is complete):
“There was a part in the script where it said, ‘Somebody appears’, and it wouldn’t say who. So there was a lot of speculation amongst the crew and cast about who is that going to be. Then I found out a few months ago. I found out pretty late. Everyone was kind of talking about it and speculating. Some people were really convinced … there were a lot of rumors.”
Ray Park, who played Darth Maul in “The Phantom Menace,” returned to reprise the role.