There aren't many characters in the history of film who have had as much excitement, hype, and conversation about them before they ever hit the screen as Darth Maul.
The Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace villain had a great look, a great weapon, and a place in one of the most beloved franchises in film history -- until he left the prequel trilogy early when he was seemingly killed at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
(Depending on your preferred version of the mythology, he may have come back. But we won't get into that just now.)
Maul remains a fan-favorite, though, and a new fan film titled Darth Maul: Apprentice is a good illustration of why.
Check it out below:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters December 18, 2015, kicking off a new trilogy of Saga films as Episodes VIII and IX are already scheduled. The film garnered a record $247 million at the domestic box office and $529 million globally in its opening weekend.