By Kieran Burt.
The Acolyte is perhaps the most mysterious Star Wars series that will come out over the next few years, with little known about it and the bit that is known is very intriguing. Well, Lucasfilm has helped to demystify the series, providing a cast list and a plot overview.
Amandla Stenberg will be joined by the be joined eight other actors, Emmy Award winner Lee Jung-jae (Seong Gi-hun in Squid Game), Manny Jacinto (Yao in Nine Perfect Strangers), Dafne Keen (X-23 in Logan), Jodie Turner-Smith (Anne Boleyn in Anne Boleyn), Rebecca Henderson (ADA Catherine McCaw in Inverting Anna), Charlie Barnett (Alan Zaveri in Russian Doll), Dean-Charles Chapman (Lance Corporal Blake in 1917), and Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity in The Matrix).
There have been no announcements on who any of these actors will be playing.
The series has begun filming, with the first behind the scenes image showing Amandla Stenberg and Lee Jung-jae with Leslye Headland in a street on a distant planet. The image can be seen on the Star Wars website.
The Acolyte will be filmed in the UK, and will use a mixture of practical sets and volume stagecraft technology.
The official plot overview on the Star Wars website reads:
“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. A former Padawan reunites with her Jedi Master to investigate a series of crimes, but the forces they confront are more sinister than they ever anticipated.”
The show is set around a century before The Phantom Menace.
The High Republic is a period of peace and prosperity for both the Republic and the Jedi Order. At this time, the Sith are in hiding and plotting their return.
Leslye Headland will serve as the showrunner executive producer, and will also direct the first episode of the show. It will reportedly have eight episodes, though this hasn’t been confirmed by Disney.
The Acolyte doesn’t have a firm release date, but since production has just started it’s unlikely it will be out for some time. No trailer has been released yet.