Here's How Ray Park was Brought Back as Maul in Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7

We already know that Ray Park is returning as Maul in Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7. However, it looks like bringing back the Phantom Menace actor to perform as the Sith Lord was not as easy as it seems. The show's animator has just revealed that although it sounded like a great idea at first, it was difficult to actually make it happen.

Animation supervisor Kevin Kellogg recently spoke to Looper about bringing Park's performance into the series. Interestingly, the animator stated that it was hard to blend the performance with the show's unique style.

"We actually did a little test, where we saw what it looked like with straight mo-cap, and it felt very odd to see that compared to everything else," Kellogg said. "We really ended up using it as a guideline. We had video reference of it, and we were able to take it into our story package and use it."

There is little doubt that it was important to bring in Park to depict Maul's signature moves as seen in The Phantom Menace. However, Kellogg says it's probably not something they will try again soon.

"Motion capture, for us, is not necessarily the easiest thing for us to incorporate into our pipeline," he said. "We don't really have the ability right now to do that with our rigs."

It may have been difficult but fans are still going to see Park in action as Maul all over again. Needless to say, we can't wait to see how it all goes down in the final episodes of The Clone Wars.

The next episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 will air on Disney+ on Friday, April 17.

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