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Exclusive Interview: Sam Witwer on SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

In Solo: A Star Wars Story, during an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

In the film’s climax, we saw the return of Darth Maul voiced by Sam Witwer.

We interviewed Witwer about his experiences working on the movie and here are a few highlights.

Question: You are living a dream. I see you’re a big Star Wars fan, how shocked were you when you receive that phone call that you were going to have a cameo in Solo.

Sam Witwer: Deeply shocked. Fans had come up to me and asked: Hey do you think there will ever be a Darth Maul appearance in a film and do you think you will voice him? My answer to both of those questions was always “no,” I don’t think so. In my own brain, I would cite the fact that I’m a 20 year Veteran of the entertainment business and no this is not going to happen. There’s no way it’s going to happen. They also asked me if I thought the Clone Wars would return? And I said “no” it’s not gonna happen. Now, I’m revising my entire take on what the fans know and what I think I know about how the business (Hollywood) works or how Star Wars works. I am extremely grateful that I’ve been wrong because these are things that I really wanted. I’m really lucky. I’m getting spoiled.

Q: How knowledgeable from a scale of 1 to 10 are you on the Star Wars Universe?

Sam Witwer: I’ll be honest with you, I’m an 11. Don’t mess with me, you’re making a big mistake if you decide to cross Star Wars brains with me. I don’t mean to be cocky but you will suffer.

Q: Have you ever met George Lucas?

Sam Witwer: Several times, yes and every time you don’t know what to say to the man that created all of this but has also, changed the way films are made -pioneered technology that has changed to film and sound for the better. I mean think of all the creative stuff that was pioneered back in the day at Lucas film. Things that could solve so many problems. It’s not often that you meet someone that has changed the world and you don’t always know what to say to that guy. The first time I met him was at the release of Force Unleashed, which was 10 years ago this month and we had a nice conversation about the 1940s pace of Star Wars dialog. AKA- faster and more intense!

You can listen to the entire interview below.

Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” directed by Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Ron Howard—the creator of unforgettable films, such as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13,” “Parenthood” and “Splash”—is an action-packed journey that explores Han’s first encounters with future friend and copilot Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). The film takes viewers on a ride showing Han’s adventure-filled past alongside fellow street thief Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and career criminal Beckett (Woody Harrelson). “Solo: A Star Wars Story” bonus material takes fans behind the scenes with the star-studded cast and screenwriters Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan (writer of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi). Special features include a revealing feature on Chewie and his enduring friendship with Han; a close-up look at the original version of the Millennium Falcon and Han’s first time piloting the infamous ship; the creation of the film’s otherworldly settings and pulse-pounding action sequences; and eight never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes. Watch instantly on Sept. 14th as the Millennium Falcon sets course digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere, and bring the adventure home on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 25.