The new series Star Wars: the Acolyte already has a star protagonist

Star Wars: The Acolyte, the upcoming Star Wars prequel series for Disney Plus, has found its lead actor.

At least according to account Variety: Amandla Stenberg – the star of The Hunger Games and Dear Evan Hansen – has been cast in the title role of The Acolyte. It is not yet known what the character will be but it is believed that the American actress will play a Sith apprentice during the height of the High Republic era.

Representatives for Lucasfilm and Stenberg’s team declined to comment on the rumor when asked by Variety for comment, something that has become a coded way of confirming the speculation. Stenberg is likely to be announced as the lead of The Acolyte shortly.

The Star Wars: The Acolyte series was announced on May 4, 2020. This prequel – set 50 years before the end of the High Republic – was announced as a mystery thriller that will explore the Dark Side of the Force.

Leslye Headland – director of the acclaimed Netflix series Russian Doll – is the writer and producer. Rumor has it that Star Wars: The Acolyte will go into production in mid-2022, but the release date has yet to be confirmed.

This prequel is another example of how Lucasfilm and Disney are moving from making Star Wars movies to focusing on Star Wars series for Disney Plus. They currently have Obi-Wan Kenobi, Cassian Andor, The Mandalorian season 3, and Ahsoka Tano underway, which are all in different stages of development. Additionally, The Book of Boba Fett will hit the streamer on December 29.


Analysis: what is the plot of Star Wars: the Acolyte?

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In Star Wars lore, an acolyte is an apprentice from the Dark Side under an experienced Sith Lord. Acolytes would earn their own Sith title upon completion of training.

Or at least it was like that before “The Rule of Two”, which only allows one Sith Master and one apprentice at any one time. This law was created by Darth Bane to prevent clashes between power-hungry Sith Lords.

The Rule of Two was not introduced to the Star Wars universe until after the collapse of the High Republic so it is possible that The Acolyte has more than two Dark Side apprentices and teachers.

If that’s the case – and we’re sure it will be – we’ll see other apprentices, Sith Lords, and Sith Masters revolving around Stenberg.

Beyond that we do not know what the general narrative of the series will be. Seeing as how the Sith Lords used to constantly betray each other in an attempt to become the most powerful Sith of all, the mystery thriller is most likely a Game of Thrones-style story, full of intrigue and betrayal.

We can also learn more about the ways of the Sith. There are a plethora of Star Wars novels and comics exploring the Sith but we’ve never seen anything on the big or small screen. Star Wars: The Acolyte will have a lot of material to play with and expand the universe created by George Lucas.

The Acolyte is already in full development for a 2022 release, so more details on the series are likely to be released soon.

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The new series Star Wars: the Acolyte already has a star protagonist