The acolyteDisney+’s upcoming Sith-focused Star wars the show, set during the High Republic era, is aiming to debut in 2024, according to The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger.
Iger dropped the news of what was expected Star wars show during a Q&A session at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference. “Just last night I got a clip of one Star wars series to air on Disney+ in 2024 called the acolyte, it looks brilliant,” Iger said. The acolyte was first announced back in 2020 and early production began last year, but this is the first official release window given by Disney.
That’s what Lucasfilm’s official synopsis says The acolyte takes place during the era of the High Republic, about a century before the events of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. The story will follow a Jedi Knight (The Hate U Give star Amandla Stenberg) and her former teacher (Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae) as they investigate a mysterious threat to the galaxy. Carrie Anne-Moss (The Matrix) and Dafne Keen (Logan) will appear in supporting roles, and Keen has hinted that the show focuses heavily on the Sith. “It kind of explains how the Sith infiltrated the Jedi,” Keen said. “It’s a Sith-led story that’s never been done before.”
Acolyte brings the High Republic to live-action
The High Republic has been explored in various Star wars books, short stories and comics, including the novel Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule and the Marvel series Star Wars: The High Republic written by Cavan Scott and illustrated by Ario Anindito. The acolyte will be the first time that The High Republic appears outside of print media. Behind the scenes, Lucasfilm has hired screenwriter Charmaine DeGraté, who previously worked on Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon and the Amazon Prime Video show Daisy Jones & The Six. The show is also dealing with an ongoing lawsuit as a producer claims she was fired without being paid for her work.
This release window does The acolyte the second Star wars show to be confirmed for 2024, along with season 2 of Andor. That Rogue one prequel ends with its second season, and Diego Luna has said that the show’s short length is good for both rebel soldier Cassian Andor’s character and his own mental health. In the meantime, Ahsoka (starring Rosario Dawson) and Star Wars: The Skeleton Crew (starring Jude Law) is expected to air on Disney+ later in 2023. The third season of The Mandalorian currently taking place on the platform.
The acolyte is scheduled to premiere on Disney+ in 2024.
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