Watch Darth Maul Try His Hand At Beat Saber
The galaxies most ferocious Sith Lord takes on VR’s most ferocious rhythm game.
Imagine this: It’s 1999 and you’re sitting in your local theater awaiting the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, shaking with anticipation at the thought of the first new Star Wars film in 16 years.
Finally, the film begins, and you’re instantly entranced by a cinematic experience that, despite its many flaws, has you appreciating the magic of the Star Wars universe all over again. Then, an absolutely diabolical-looking Sith Lord carrying a never-before-seen, double-sided ‘lightsaber’ appears, and your entire world comes crashing down around you.
Darth Maul revolutionized Lucasfilm’s legendary franchise with his one-of-a-kind weaponry and unique fighting style, and has since remained one of the most iconic movie villains of recent memory. Honestly, the only thing more frightening than watching the devil-like Sith Lord cut-down Liam Neeson, is watching him slice through colored blocks to a delightfully-hypnotic beat.
In a video posted to Instagram earlier this weekend, Ray Park, the actor who played the Dathomirian Zabrak warrior in Phantom Menace and, most recently, in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Park can be seen slicing his way through multiple waves of red-and-blue cubes in a round of Beat Saber for the Playstation VR.
“Here ya go! Some of you have asked. First time on Beat Saber and couldn’t resist a bit of a boogie! My kids are the best at it in our home.” states Park in his post. Apparently Ray may have some force-sensitive younglings of his own. We may very well be witnessing the birth of a world-conquering family dynasty here people.
Beat Saber seems like a natural fit for the dedicated actor, who underwent extensive training for the part of Maul, including gymnastics and ballet. It’s just a shame we didn’t get to see the talented stunt performer flex his muscles with the Darth Maul mod, an unofficial game mode that modifies Beat Saber’s standard dual-saber gameplay to emulate the Sith Lord’s double-sided weapon.