When will The Acolyte premiere?
The series was only announced in May 2020, and therefore is in the very early stages of development right now. With Andor premiering some time in 2022, we're expecting to see The Acolyte after that - so either late 2022, or more likely some time in 2023.
What is The Acolyte about?
Again, details are quite sparse at the moment. We know it will be female-centric, and the official blurb from Disney teases a little more:
“The Acolyte” is a mystery-thriller that will take viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.
In case you don't know, the High Republic era was a few hundred years before the period shown in the films, when the Republic was, well, at its height. Expect to see the Jedi Order in full swing, and likely up against some Sith threats we haven't seen before.
Who is involved in the series?
The series showrunner is Leslye Headland, best known for her work as co-creator, showrunner and executive producer of Netflix comedy Russian Doll. Headland showcased how she’d made her love for Star Wars permanent with a Princess Leia tattoo - stating how excited she was to take on the new series.
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I’ve always wanted a tattoo of Ralph McQuarrie’s Leia concept art and last year I finally got it done by @mr.k_tattoo right before my first visit to Skywalker Ranch. I have been overwhelmed by the congratulations and support from friends and family over the past week who all know that working for Lucasfilm and specifically creating in the Star Wars universe is my dream. Yesterday was so emotional for me. I am still on cloud nine but steadily continuing to work with my team on what we’ve started. I am grateful. I am humbled. And I am so so excited.
Other than Headland, no other talent so far has been announced, including casting. We imagine that we’ll hear more about the show over the coming year.
The project was officially announced by LucasFilm and Disney, alongside news that Taika Waititi would direct a new Star Wars feature film.
How to watch the new Star Wars series
The new series will be another Disney Plus exclusive, joining The Mandalorian and The Clone Wars. If you don’t have a Disney+ account yet, you can sign up on the website for £5.99/$6.99 per month on a rolling contract, or £59.99/$69.99 for an annual pass.