With so much going on in the Skywalker era, fans were thrilled to learn that the star wars series The Acolyte would take place during the time of the High Republic 100 years before the events of The Phantom Menace.

Point Leslye (Russian doll) is the writer and showrunner of the eight-episode series of The Acolyte. Headland described in an interview with vanity lounge that the series will be a mystery thriller set before war and empires ravage the galaxy. Headland describes the period as a bit of a Renaissance period, before the Jedi became warrior monks, in new costumes with new designs. Set before The Phantom MenaceHeadland explained that the series will examine how the galaxy became what it became when Anakin and his midichlorians showed up on Tatooine.


For those familiar with the eras prior to the Skywalker saga, the High Republic sits right between what is known as the Old Republic (about 800 years before Skywalker) and The Phantom Menace. The High Republic currently has a series of novels and comics set in the era, aptly titled Star Wars: The High Republic. The Jedi, at the pinnacle of their order, face off against the Nihil, a group characterized for being like the Vikings of space. The books and comics in this series are divided into three phases, with each phase containing novels, comics, audio stories, and short stories.

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Disney stories star wars The era has often stuck close to the reliable Skywalker Saga, despite criticism and a desire for more variety. Collider Maggie Lovit speak with Kathleen Kennedythe current president of Lucasfilm, on the potential of The Acolyte series. Kennedy said:

“We were actually intrigued by that because if this show works, it really gives us an opportunity to develop that. And that’s what’s so great about television because it kind of gives us this bigger playground for experimenting.”

Could this mean that if The Acolyte is a success, we’ll see more stories set in timelines that have nothing to do with the Skywalker saga? It seems like the series is a litmus test, an experiment for what might happen in the future.

Currently, very little is known about the cast or other details of The Acolyte series. The series, still in cast and almost written, features Amandla Stenberg in an unnamed lead role. Perhaps eagle-eyed fans can turn to the written stories to glean what might be coming for the Disney+ series.

There is currently no release date for The Acolyte.

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