The Acolyte

The Acolyte


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June 4, 2024

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June 4, 2024

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Streaming release date (United Kingdom)

The Acolyte will be available to watch on Disney Plus from June 4, 2024.


A former padawan and her Jedi Master take up arms against each other

At the end of the High Republic era, some hundred years before Luke Skywalker’s adventures, a padawan finds herself at odds with her former Jedi Master after a deadly crime spree.

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What to know

The creator of Russian Doll writes this female-centric Star Wars mystery series for Disney

The Acolyte is an upcoming sci-fi mystery-thriller series produced by Lucasfilm and Disney. The  eight-part series is set within the Star Wars universe, and is created and written by Lucasfilm’s Leslye Headland (Russian Doll) and Rayne Roberts. Headland is a long-time Star Wars fan who created The Acolyte as a passion project, eventually pitching the idea to Kathleen Kennedy as a story set a hundred years prior to Star Wars Episode 1, at the end of the High Republic era, with a focus on the female characters. 

Amandla Stenberg plays the series’ lead character, a former padawan who teams up with her Jedi Master to investigate the mysterious crimes being committed. Rebecca Henderson plays a 116-year-old Jedi Master named Vernestra Rwoh. The cast also includes Lee Jung-jae, Jodie Turner-Smith, Dafne Keen, Manny Jacinto, Charlie Barnett, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Dean-Charles Chapman.

Production News

  • April 22, 2020
    • Long-time Star Wars fan — and creator of Russian Doll — Lesyle Headland is rumoured to be planning a series taking place in the Star Wars universe. (Source: Variety
  • May 4, 2020
    • Lesyle Headland is confirmed as executive producer for the series, which remains untitled. (Source: Star Wars
  • December 10, 2020
    • The series gets the title of The Acolyte during Disney Investor Day 2020. The series is described as a mystery-thriller that explores the “emerging Dark Side powers in the final days of the High Republic Era”. (Source: Star Wars
  • December 8, 2021
    • Amanda Stenberg is cast in the leading role. (Source: Deadline
  • May 24, 2022
    • Lesyle Headland reveals that the series is set 100 years before Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, and that it examines the countercultural force of the Dark Side. (Source: Variety
  • September 8, 2022
    • Squid Game star Lee Jung-Jae is cast in a main role. (Source: Collider
  • November 7, 2022
    • Jodie Turner Smith and Carrie Anne Moss join the series’ cast, and an official synopsis is released, confirming that the story will focus on a padwan and jedi master who reunite for an investigation. (Source: The Playlist
  • March 8, 2023
    • Former executive producer Karyn McCarthy leaves the series’ production after a dispute with Lucasfilm. (Source: Deadline)
  • February 10, 2024
    • Collider report that first season of The Acolyte will debut in Summer 2024. (Source: Collider)
  • March 19, 2024
    • Disney release a first trailer for The Acolyte, showing Amandla Stenberg, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jodie Turner-Smith embroiled in a mystery-thriller during the final days of the High Republic. The studio also reveal the series' release date will be on June 4. (Source: Deadline)
  • April 2, 2024
    • Disney release stills from the upcoming series, revealing Dafne Keen as a young padawan named Jecki Lon. (Source: Collider)
  • April 8, 2024
    • Rebecca Henderson, who plays the Jedi Master Vernestra Rwoh in the series, revealed in an interview with Empire that her character was 116 years old. Eagle-eyed fans quickly calculated that, since the character was 16 during Phase I of the High Republic, The Acolyte takes place 100 years before the start of the prequel trilogy. (Source: ScreenRant)


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

Production country

United States


Amandla Stenberg
Lee Jung-jae
Master Sol
Manny Jacinto
Dafne Keen
Jecki Lon
Charlie Barnett
Yord Fandar
Jodie Turner-Smith
Mother Aniseya
Rebecca Henderson
Master Vernestra Rwoh
Dean-Charles Chapman
Master Torbin
Joonas Suotamo
Master Kelnacca
Carrie-Anne Moss
Master Indara