New Clone Wars episodes feature fresh Darth Maul motion-capture work from original performer Ray Park

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If you missed the Clone Wars panel at Star Wars Celebration, you didn’t miss a debut date on the Disney+ streaming service — but you did miss a cast reunion, several exclusive clips and a new trailer that’s meatier than the teaser trailer from last year’s Comic-Con announcement.

You can check out the new trailer below at about 52 minutes in.

There was also this juicy piece of news: this time around, Darth Maul — voiced, as ever in the animated series, by Sam Witwer — is being motion-capture recorded from a performance by none other than Ray Park, who played the Sith Lord in 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace with voice acting by Peter Serafinowicz and returned in Solo: A Star Wars Story (with voicing there by Witwer, although Lucasfilm apparently also had Serafinowicz record the lines, too).

Maul’s appearance will no doubt feature in the legendary (on screen and off) Battle of Mandalore, which will involve a confrontation with former Jedi Padaway Ahsoka Tano on the eve of Order 66, the clone army’s betrayal of the Jedi orchestrated by Chancellor Palpatine, aka Darth Sidious, in a successful bid to overthrow the Republic and create his Galactic Empire.

Considering The Phantom Menace basically pioneered modern mo-cap techniques with Jar Jar Binks, as you can hear in this Celebration conversation with performer Ahmed Best, this is a nice example of coming full circle (itself a major theme of the Star Wars saga).

Disney+ will also be the home of the first live-action Star Wars episodic TV series, The Mandalorian; the show debuts Nov. 12.


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