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Lucasfilm hints at upcoming behind-the-scenes look Maul vs. Ahsoka lightsaber duel

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Lucasfilm hints at upcoming behind-the-scenes look Maul vs. Ahsoka lightsaber duel

Will we get to see how what might be the best lightsaber duel in Star Wars history was made?

*Spoilers for the latest episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars ahead*

There are many reasons that ‘The Phantom Apprentice’ might be the best episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars that we’ve seen thus far. In addition to the incredible story, fantastic character work, and epically brutal siege battle, we got a lightsaber duel for the ages between Maul and Ahsoka Tano.

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As has been noted before, the animation during this season of The Clone Wars has already been spectacular. For this particular sequence, however, the team behind the series somehow kicked it up a notch.

Lucasfilm hints at upcoming behind-the-scenes look Maul vs. Ahsoka lightsaber duel

This was thanks in no small part to motion capture work done by Ray Park (Maul) and Lauren May Kim (Ahsoka) for the fight.

Star Wars fans have been familiar with Park for a while thanks to his work portraying Darth Maul back in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Kim may have all earned a spot in our hearts her most recent work, but it’s actually not the first time she’s been part of the Star Wars universe. She also did stunt/fight work for The Mandalorian, including a turn as The Armorer in the scene from Episode 8 where she singlehandedly takes down an entire squad of Stormtroopers.

Lucasfilm hints at upcoming behind-the-scenes look Maul vs. Ahsoka lightsaber duel

Yesterday on Twitter, Star Wars fans were continuing to gush about this weekend’s episode of Clone Wars (as we do) when Star Wars fan comic writer Jim Mello expressed his desire for a behind the scenes look at the motion capture process behind Ahsoka vs. Maul.

A little over an hour later, he received a cryptically tantalizing response from Lucasfilm publicist Tracy Cannobbio

https://twitter.com/Tcann13/status/1253689781503983617

Considering how tight-lipped Lucasfilm is about upcoming projects, a tweet like this (from an official Lucasfilm source) is basically confirmation we’ll get at least a glimpse at the process that brought this amazing moment in Star Wars lore to life.

For now, however, we can all go back to anxiously awaiting the emotional devastation of next week’s episode after Order 66 is given.

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