Next month Disney+ airs a two-episode premiere of its newest TV series The Acolyte. The show is set at the end of the High Republic, which in Star Wars lore is about 100 years before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. A series like this is long overdue for the franchise and we’re excited to see its future.

Goodbye Skywalkers 

the poster for the acolyte series

For many years now, the Star Wars franchise canon has been stuck in the same time period across major media. The films, live-action shows, major video game titles and animated series. Even most of the comics and books are in the same time frame. The franchise, for the most part, has clung to the legacy of the Skywalker family. While we’ve explored some other stories within the galaxy, it always ties back to the original story and characters. The Acolyte is finally stepping away from the boots of Vader.

In 2021, Lucasfilm launched a new era in media with their Star Wars: The High Republic, a multimedia project set from 500 BBY – 100 BBY (that’s Before the Battle at Yavin, depicted in A New Hope). Most of their efforts have been in books and comics with this launch, which really only appeals to hardcore fans of the series. Now a wider range of Star Wars fans will be dipping their toes into a new time period. The story possibilities with this move are vast.  

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amandla stenberg in the acolyte

Mae (Amandla Stenberg) in Lucasfilm’s THE ACOLYTE, exclusively on Disney+. ©2024 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

With a narrative shift away from the time of Anakin and Luke Skywalker, fans can explore the rest of the galaxy, which helps give longevity to the franchise as a whole. The audience has also been craving something new and they’ve proved it with the poor performance of The Book of Boba Fett and the third season of The Mandalorian.

On the other hand, there’s been praise around Andor because it did something new. That being said, it will be a matter of time to see if fans have been too burned by all the Disney+ series that they won’t bother with the new show.

Jedi, Witches and Trinity

The Acolyte premise promises to include many aspects fans love about Star Wars. A Jedi Master played by Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game) and a former apprentice played by Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) clash as a series of crimes the Jedi are investigating reveal a much more sinister force. From the character descriptions on the official website, it appears that Stenberg’s Mae will be involved with a coven of witches and that power is the driving force behind all of these events. Jedi, power struggles, mysteries – we’re in!

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Jodie Turner Smith stands next to dafne keen in the acolyte

(L-R): Mother Aniseya (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Koril (Margarita Levieva) in Lucasfilm’s THE ACOLYTE, exclusively on Disney+. ©2024 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

In addition to the two main characters’ conflict, there are many other characters such as Jedi and their padawans, including Carrie Anne Moss as Jedi Master Indara. Her character is heavily inspired by another performance from Moss, Trinity in the Matrix series. The series creator Leslye Headland said Indara is “Trinity with a lightsaber”.

We’ll also be introduced to Mother Aniseya (Jodie Turner-Smith) who is seen and heard in the trailer as the leader of the coven. Last but not least, the final character highlight includes a Jedi Wookiee played by Star Wars veteran Joonas Suotamo

Photo featuring headshots of The Acolyte cast, a new Star Wars show.

May the Fourth Be With You Trailer Drop

With all of these elements in place, it truly seems to be a recipe for success. Check out the trailer for The Acolyte series that was dropped on May the Fourth and tell us what you think.

The Acolyte premieres on Disney+ on June 2nd, 2024.

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