A brand new Star Wars spinoff is due in 2024. It is the latest addition to the Star Wars universe – The Acolyte. This 8-episode series is by producer Lesyle Headland, in association with Lucasfilm.

“The Acolyte” official logo | Credit:

This Star Wars spin-off is a continuation of predecessors; including “The Mandalorian”, “Andor”, and “Obi-Wan Kenobi”.

The is currently in production as of October of 2022. It is set for release in 2024 at the Star Wars Celebration in London on the 7th of April, 2024.

The upcoming series includes an extensive star-studded cast. The lineup includes Lee-Jung Jae, Dafne Keen, Manny Jacinto, Jodie Turner-Smith, Carrie-Anne Moss, and finally, Amandla Stenberg in the lead role.

Leslye Headland is the head honcho on the new Disney project. Her listing for the series is showrunner, writer, and executive producer. Headland’s previous work includes such films as “Russian Doll”, “The Bachelorette”, and “Sleeping with other people”. This is her first foray into the Star Wars universe.

The president of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy praises Leslye’s appreciation of the franchise.

“[She] 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 expanded universe.

“There are little bits and pieces that she’s drawing from that no one has explored yet in the onscreen storytelling.”

A Sinister Confrontation

The official synopsis depicts  the series as a:

“Star Wars series that takes viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic…”

Star Wars, The High Republic | Credit: Joseph Meehan

This spin-off will be unique to the Star Wars universe, taking place in a time we have never seen on screen. At this point, the film takes place approximately 100 years before any of the prequels. Consequently, Acolyte takes place in the High Republic Era.

The show description explains it as a mystery thriller that will take a darker and more sinister tone. This is similar to “Andor”, which is another Star Wars spin-off circa 2022.

The show follows “a former Padawan [reuniting] with her Jedi Master to investigate a series of crimes, but the forces they confront are more sinister than they ever anticipated.”

“It’s a Sith-led story, which has never been done before”, 

says actor Dafne Keen.

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