The Acolyte


1 Seasons

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The Acolyte chronicles the rise of the dark side as Padawan and Jedi Master unite for galactic investigation

During the final days of the High Republic Era, the influence of the dark side is intensifying. Despite the galaxy's period of prosperity, the Sith find themselves outnumbered and marginalized. In this opulent era set 100 years prior to the events of 1999’s The Phantom Menace, the Jedi govern a tranquil galaxy, yet an enigmatic presence seems to hide in the shadows.  The Acolyte follows a Jedi Padawan who is reunited with their Jedi Master; the duo is ultimately chosen to investigate a series of crimes.

What to know

Amandla Stenberg and Lee Jung-jae portray Jedi Padawan and Master in Star Wars series from Russian Doll co-creator 

The Acolyte is an upcoming galactic mystery-thriller TV series created by Leslye Headland for Disney+. It is based on the Star Wars universe originally created by George Lucas. The Acolyte is set during the final days of the High Republic era, prior to the events of Episode I - The Phantom Menace, and takes its place within the expansive Star Wars franchise. Headland is best known for her 2015 rom-com Sleeping with Other People along with co-creating the Netflix series Russian Doll. She executive produces the series with Kathleen Kennedy, Simon Emanuel, Jeff F. King and Jason Micallef. The Acolyte consists of eight episodes with Headland referring to it as being “Frozen meets Kill Bill.” 

Amandla Stenberg takes the lead in The Acolyte as the former Jedi Padawan, joined by a talented ensemble cast. Lee Jung-jae portrays their Jedi Master while Dafne Keen and Charlie Barnett portray young Jedi characters. Rebecca Henderson plays a Jedi Knight prodigy named Vernestra Rwoh. Manny Jacinto, Jodie Turner-Smith, Dean-Charles Chapman, Carrie-Anne Moss, Margarita Levieva and Joonas Suotamo also contribute to the stellar cast. Notably, Suotamo, known for his portrayal of Chewbacca in the sequel films, adds an exciting twist by playing the first-ever live-action Wookiee Jedi in The Acolyte.

Production News

  • April 22, 2020
    • Lesyle Headland, the creator of the popular series Russian Doll, is set to helm a new Star Wars project. As a devoted Star Wars fan herself, Headland's involvement in the upcoming series promises a fresh and captivating addition to the beloved franchise. (Source: Variety)
  • May 4, 2020
    • Headland will serve as an executive producer for the upcoming, yet-to-be-named Star Wars series. (Source: Star Wars)
  • December 10, 2020
    • During Disney Investor Day 2020, it was unveiled that the series led by Headland is officially titled The Acolyte. This upcoming series is described as a captivating mystery-thriller, delving into the emergence of dark side powers during the concluding moments of the High Republic Era. Fans can look forward to a gripping exploration of this pivotal time in the Star Wars universe. (Source: Star Wars)
  • December 8, 2021
    • Amandla Stenberg has been selected to take on the lead role in the upcoming Star Wars series, set to premiere exclusively on Disney+. (Source: Deadline)
  • May 24, 2022
    • Headland shared intriguing details about The Acolyte, shedding light on its storyline and place within the Star Wars timeline. The series will be set in the period preceding the events of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, offering a deeper exploration of that era. Headland also confirms that the series will delve into the countercultural force of the dark side, providing a fresh perspective on this aspect of the Star Wars universe. Fans can anticipate an immersive journey into the mysteries of the dark side during this pivotal time in the galaxy. (Source: Variety)
  • September 8, 2022
    • Squid Game’s Lee Jung-Jae is cast in The Acolyte as a series lead. (Source: Collider)
  • November 7, 2022
    • As production progresses, new details about The Acolyte emerge, captivating fans with exciting updates. The expanded cast now includes notable talents such as Jodie Turner Smith and Carrie-Anne Moss, adding to the anticipation surrounding the series. Furthermore, the official synopsis confirms that the show will centre around the journey of a Padawan and Jedi Master who reunite to embark on an investigation. (Source: The Playlist)
  • March 8, 2023
    • After a dispute with Lucasfilm, executive producer Karyn McCarthy leaves production on The Acolyte. (Source: Deadline)
  • April 7, 2023
    • During Star Wars Celebration in London, the first footage of The Acolyte was revealed. Showrunner Headland described it as a blend of Frozen and Kill Bill, capturing attention with the inclusion of a Wookie Jedi. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy praised the love for Star Wars evident on the screen, leaving viewers eagerly anticipating what's to come in this Jedi-filled adventure. (Source: EW)


Science-Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Action & Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Production country

United States


Amandla Stenberg
Lee Jung-jae
Manny Jacinto
Dafne Keen
Jodie Turner-Smith
Rebecca Henderson
Charlie Barnett
Dean-Charles Chapman
Carrie-Anne Moss
Joonas Suotamo