The Acolyte: What We Know About the Upcoming Star Wars Series

A new Star Wars series is due out in summer 2024: The Acolyte. It will take the public far into the past, during the High Republic, well before episode I: The Phantom Menace. The plot will revolve around an investigation led by a duo formed by a Jedi master and his former padawan.

This is the home stretch for The Acolyte. The new series Star Wars must be broadcast on Disney+ during the summer of 2024, according to the indiscretions of the American press. During Star Wars Celebration in 2023, Lucasfilm had already confirmed the release of The Acolyte for 2024. The precise date is still kept secret, however.

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2024 should also be the opportunity to witness the launch of season 3 of The Bad Batch, which will be the final chapter of this animated series. Also on the program Skeleton Crew, on an unknown date. As for the continuation ofAndorwe should rather discover it in 2025. Apart from The Bad Batchno public trailer was shown.

A story around the Dark Side… and the Sith?

The synopsis communicated by Lucasfilm remains quite vague on the story of The Acolyte. The plot must revolve around a criminal investigation led by a Jedi master and his former apprentice — a padawan. But, over the course of the investigations, the two protagonists will realize that the crimes in question involve forces ” more sinister than they had anticipated. »

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At the time of The Acolyte, the Jedi Order is still very much in place. // Source: Lucasfilm

Chronologically speaking, the series must take place during the High Republic, a period which extends from -300 to -100 before the Battle of Yavin, in episode IV. We are therefore at a very ancient time, prior to episode I (The Phantom Menace). A time when the Galactic Empire does not yet exist, while the Jedi Order has thousands of members.

According to Lucasfilm, the series is to be a “mystery thriller”, following the final days of the High Republic. It is also mentioned the “ emerging powers of the Dark Side », which suggests that we will perhaps come across a Sith – or several? — during the adventure. And why not Darth Plagueis, to make the future connection with Palpatine, aka Darth Sidious?

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In an interview with Screen Rantactress Jodie Turner-Smith says this series is different from anything else Star Wars has done so far. It is unique if only for the era in which it is set: we are very far from the Skywalker family saga here. However, it will be necessary to judge on the evidence whether it will be as surprising as the description given.

What distribution for The Acolyte ?

Disney, the parent company of Lucasfilm, announced part of the casting of The Acolyte on November 7, 2022. The series notably includes Carrie-Anne Moss, who played Trinity in Matrix. We also find Dean-Charles Chapman, who played in Game Of Thrones (Tommen Baratheon) and 1917film by Sam Mendes, constructed like a long sequence shot.

The rest of the cast consists of Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give) Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game), Manny Jacinto (Nine Perfect Strangers), Dafne Keen (His Dark Materials: At the Crossroads of Worlds), Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim), Rebecca Henderson (Inventing Anna), Charlie Barnett (Russian doll). We don't yet know the characters each will play.

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The distribution of The Acolyte. // Source : Lucasfilm

Who is behind the camera?

Filming has started, according to a message posted on Twitter on November 7. It will be spread over a few weeks. Leslie Headland (Bachelorette) simultaneously wears the hats of director, screenwriter and executive producer for The Acolyte. His involvement was mentioned as early as April 2020, in an article in Variety. At the time, there was talk of a series featuring several women.

When comes out The Acolyte ?

During the Star Wars celebration in London, Lucasfilm indicated that the broadcast of The Acolyte will occur in 2024, without further details. The Colliderin its February 10 edition, puts forward a narrower window: summer 2024. No doubt we will know more during the next Star Wars Celebration, early May.

How many episodes for The Acolyte ?

There are eight episodes. This is the format adopted by The Mandalorian (eight episodes per season). In comparison, The Book of Boba Fett counts seven, Obi-wan Kenobi six and Andor twelve. For now, there is only one season in question.

Where to watch The Acolyte ?

The series will stream exclusively on Disney+, the entertainment giant's subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service.

What will be the next Star Wars series in 2024?

It will be the animated series The Bad Batchwhose season 3 begins on February 21, 2024. We also expect in 2024 The Acolyte And Skeleton Crew. For season 2 ofAndorwe will probably have to wait until 2025.

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