The Acolyte


1 Seasons

Coming soon

Disney Plus


Streaming release date (United States)

The Acolyte will be available to watch on Disney Plus in 2023. An exact release date is not available yet.


In the final days of the High Republic Era, the powers of the dark side are growing in the shadows

With the galaxy in a time of prosperity, the Sith are outnumbered and living at the margins. In this gilded-age, the Jedi rule over a peaceful galaxy and still it seems that something lurks in the corners. The Acolyte follows the story of an ardent devotee at a time when the dark side is an underground countercultural force. Leading up to the events that see the reemergence of the Sith, The Acolyte shows the beginning of that journey from obscurity to the central force that rules the galaxy. Reuniting a padwan with their Jedi master, the pair are put forward for an investigation into a series of crimes.


What to know

Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland creates a new eight-part Star Wars series

The Acolyte is an upcoming mystery thriller television series set in the Star Wars universe developed for Disney+. The Acolyte is an eight-part series written and created by Leslye Headland and Rayne Roberts from Lucasfilm. The Acolyte is a passion project of long-time Star Wars fan Leslye Headland who pitched the idea to Kathleen Kennedy as a female-centric story set a hundred years before Star Wars Episode 1: A Phantom Menace.

Amandla Stenberg and Lee Jung-jae are the leads in this new Star Wars mystery show. The expanded cast includes, Dafne Keen, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Manny Jacinto, Charlie Barnett, Dean-Charles Chapman, and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Production News

  • April 22, 2020
    • A new Star Wars series is confirmed to be in the works from Russian Doll creator and Star Wars mega-fan Lesyle Headland. (Source: Variety)
  • May 4, 2020
    • Lesyle Headland is confirmed to be executive producing the show which remains unnamed. (Source: Star Wars)
  • December 10, 2020
    • The Lesyle Headland led show is revealed to be titled The Acolyte on Disney Investor Day 2020. The show is described as a mystery-thriller exploring 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 lead role for the Star Wars series set to premiere on Disney+. (Source: Deadline)
  • May 24, 2022
    • Series creator Lesyle Headland reveals details about the story of the Acolyte including its place in the Star Wars timeline. She confirms that the show will be set in the period leading up to Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and that it looks into the countercultural force of the dark side. (Source: Variety)
  • September 8, 2022
    • The Acolyte casts Squid Game star Lee Jung-Jae as the series lead. (Source: Collider)
  • November 7, 2022
    • With filming underway, a slew of information about the show is released. An expanded cast sees the notable inclusion of Jodie Turner Smith and Carrie Anne Moss. The official synopsis also confirms that the series will follow a padwan and jedi master who are reunited for an investigation. (Source: The Playlist)
  • March 8, 2023
    • Karyn McCarthy left the production after a dispute with Lucasfilm. She had been onboard as an executive producer.(Source: Deadline)


Mystery & Thriller, Science-Fiction, 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