There are a huge number of Star Wars shows coming to Disney Plus over the next couple of years, but the most intriguing and exciting of them all is arguably The Acolyte, if only for the fact it takes place during a period of the timeline that’s never really been explored in live-action before.
Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland is spearheading development, with Star Wars Rebels producer Rayne Roberts additionally involved with the creative team. So far, the broad strokes of the plot remain shrouded in mystery, but a new report claims to offer up some fresh details. According to Giant Freakin Robot’s “trusted and proven” source, The Acolyte will feature a female lead, with an Asian actress being sought that’s capable of handling themselves when it comes to martial arts and action sequences, to play a character in the employ of the Sith.
That’s all well and good, but a lot of that has already been hinted at or outright confirmed already. After all, Headland revealed in November that the series would be female-centric, and the term Acolyte is used in Star Wars canon to describe a Sith apprentice, so it didn’t take a genius to figure out that the mystery protagonist would be working for the bad guys, at least initially.
Not only that, but Headland also confirmed that there will be a significant marital arts element as far back as last summer, shortly after The Acolyte was officially announced to the world for the first time on May 4th, 2020. It’s more of a recap than an exclusive reveal, then, but regardless of how much or little we’ve got to go on, a series set during the High Republic era that places the focus on the Sith will surely mark a refreshing and potentially phenomenal change of pace for the Star Wars streaming roster.
Source: Giant Freakin Robot