It’s been a few days since the release of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY and the most talked about takeaway hands down was that huge DARTH MAUL cameo. We already heard John Kasdan’s reason for bringing him back which you can read right here. And now director of SOLO Ron Howard, discusses exactly why Maul was brought back. Believe it or not in the script, Maul was known only as BOSS.

Speaking with Slash Film, Howard said: “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.”

Howard continued: “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 Kasdan’s were on board with that.”

Would you believe that it’s been twenty years since Maul’s debut in Episode I: The Phantom Menace? Since then he’s appeared in countless books and comics. But it wasn’t until he was brought back from the dead in The Clone Wars that his true story post Menace truly began. Then it wasn’t till Rebels that we saw the beautiful conclusion of Maul and Kenobi which we hope to see in an Obi-Wan Kenobi film.