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Everything We Know About STAR WARS Series THE ACOLYTE

The next few years are going to bring about many exciting Star Wars series to Disney+, including Ahsoka and further adventures for The Mandalorian and Andor. But one in particular, announced in 2020, is The Acolyte, which begins production very soon. Here’s everything we know about this mysterious new live-action Star Wars series, set a century before the events of The Skywalker Saga.

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The logo for The Acolyte.
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The official title for the upcoming Lucasfilm Star Wars series is The Acolyte. Its official title may or may not wind up as Star Wars: The Acolyte.

The Acolyte’s Plot

Official art for Lucasfilm's The High Republic publishing initiative.
Lucasfilm

We know little about the plot for The Acolyte, aside from what the title infers. In some canon Star Wars lore, “acolyte” is the term used for a disciple of the dark side of the Force. Usually a Sith apprentice. That seems to be the implication here, but we can’t be completely certain of that. We do know when the series takes place, however. When they officially announced the series back in December of 2020, we got this official synopsis:

The Acolyte is a mystery-thriller that will take viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.”

Since that time, we’ve learned that the drama unfolds about a century before the events of The Phantom Menace. During a time when the Sith were still in hiding, getting ready to make their move to take over the galaxy. Aside from canon novels, the High Republic is an era totally unexplored in any live-action or animated Star Wars projects.

Behind the Scenes

Leslye Headland interview about her film Sleeping with Other People.
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Leslye Headland is on board as writer and producer. Headland is most famous for her hit Netflix series Russian Doll. But she’s gone on record saying she is a Star Wars super-fan. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said this about Headland, and her Star Wars credentials:

“[Leslye Headland] is a gigantic Star Wars fan. What’s wonderful about Leslye is she knows it all. I mean, she’s read a gazillion books inside the E.U. There are little bits and pieces that she’s drawing from that no one has explored yet in the onscreen storytelling.”

Aside from Headland, Lucasfilm has yet to name any other writers or directors involved.

The Acolyte’s Cast

Amandlad Stenberg in the horror film Bodies, Bodies, Bodies.
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So far, we only have four lead characters cast in The Acolyte; they have cast Amandla Stenberg, recently seen in Bodies Bodies Bodies, in the lead role. Meanwhile, Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen And Slim) is likely to join her. Playing the male lead is Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae, in his first major role in an American production. Manny Jacinto from The Good Place was the most recent addition to the cast.

The Acolyte Release Date

There is no release date yet for The Acolyte, although with filming beginning soon, we imagine a late 2023 or early 2024 launch date on Disney+ is likely.

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