Disney+ has not only announced that production on Star Wars: The Acolyte has begun, but it has also shared a cast list of the upcoming series, and it includes The Hate U Give’s Amandla Stenberg, Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae, and The Matrix’s Carrie -Anne Moss.
The news was shared on StarWars.com alongside a behind-the-scenes image of Stenberg, Jung-jae, and The Acolyte creator, showrunner, and executive producer Leslye Headland. Previously, Headland has worked on such series as Russian Doll, Heathers, and Terriers.
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The cast of The Acolyte, which will take place in the final days of the High Republic era, also includes The Good Place’s Manny Jacinto, His Dark Materials’ Dafne Keen, Queen & Slim’s Jodie Turner-Smith, Inventing Anna’s Rebecca Henderson, Russian Doll’s Charlie Barnett, and 1917’s Dean-Charles Chapman.
“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,” the official description reads. “A former Padawan reunites with her Jedi Master to investigate a series of crimes, but the forces they confront are more sinister than they ever anticipated.”
The High Republic, which has been explored recently in novels and comic books, takes place 200 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and saw the Jedi Order at the height of its power.
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The Acolyte has begun production in the UK, and Kathleen Kennedy, Simon Emanuel, Jeff F. King, and Jason Micallef will serve as executive producers. Rayne Roberts and Damian Anderson are on the series as producers and Headland will be directing the series pilot.
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