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Darth Maul returns to onscreen 'Star Wars' universe

Lucasfilm has officially announced the Sith Lord's return on screens both small and large.


It was a Sithy day for Lucasfilm yesterday as the Star Wars publicity team announced that fans of a galaxy far, far away will be enjoying a double helping of Maul, starting in the fall.

First, Darth Maul, the Sith Lord who we last saw cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1999's "Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace," will bring his tattooed face, double-bladed lightsaber, and (presumably) legless torso to the animated "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."

The return was hinted at during the show's previous season when Maul's brother (Savage Opress) arrived on the scene. Though there's no word on how Maul survived or how he'll move about without legs, the return should be a welcome one for "Star Wars" fans. While many of them might've been eager for the first prequel to end, the movie did get the villain right.

Maul (played in make-up by Ray Park) worked well as an onscreen threat, leaving one to wonder why George Lucas would allow an iconic heavy to die so soon. After all, he kept Boba Fett around for two movies.

According to CNET's own Seth Rosenblatt, Maul already returned in an alternate-universe comic book in "Star Wars Tales 9," complete with robotic goat legs. Imagery can't get much more Satanic than that.

An extra helping of malevolence will come to theaters on February 10 when "Phantom Menace" debuts around the world in 3D. Lucasfilm will release the other five 3D "Star Wars" films in order over the next five years.

According to Lucasfilm, the trailer for "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" in 3D will be attached to "The Three Musketeers" on October 21 and to select films during the holidays.