The Acolyte


1 Seasons

Coming soon

Disney Plus



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

The Acolyte is an upcoming mystery thriller television series set in the Star Wars universe that is being 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 is the lead in this mysterious new Star Wars television show. The expanded cast includes Lee Jung-jae, Dafne Keen, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Manny Jacinto, Charlie Barnett, Dean-Charles Chapman, and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Where to stream

The Acolyte will be available for streaming upon release some time in 2023, though it could be pushed further back to early 2024. It will be streaming exclusively on Disney+.

Production: Timeline, news & updates

  • 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)

The Acolyte - watch online: streaming, buy or rent

The Acolyte will be available to stream on Disney Plus. The release date is yet to be announced, but you can stay updated by tracking this TV show on JustWatch.