George Lucas Planned Darth Maul to be Main Villain, Leia as “The Chosen One” in Star Wars Sequel Trilogy
Had George Lucas been in control of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Darth Maul would have been the main villain.
Darth Maul first appeared in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, in which he was thought to have been killed by Obi-Wan Kenobi. He was later revealed to be alive in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He appeared in major story arcs in both Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, plus had a cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
According to an excerpt with Lucas from the new book Star Wars Archives Episode 1-3 The Prequels, Maul would have went on to become to main villain of the series had he maintained creative control of the sequels. Instead of the revenge plot he undertakes in Clone Wars and Rebels, Maul would have become “the godfather of crime in the universe because as the Empire fails, he takes over.” He would have been seen side-by-side with Darth Talon, his apprentice in comic books who would have been the new trilogy’s Darth Vader figure. Meanwhile, Leia would have rebuilt the Republic and become Supreme Chancellor, while Luke would have rebuilt the Jedi. At the end of the series, Leia would’ve been revealed as “The Chosen One” that Anakin Skywalker was once thought to have been.
There have been rumors of a Star Wars reset or reboot, though nothing is confirmed. But if any more Star Wars films were to be made in the universe as it is, Maul would likely not be a major villain as he was (spoiler alert!) ultimately killed in Star Wars Rebels.