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The Acolyte release date speculation, cast, plot and more news

The Acolyte release date is going to plunge Star Wars into the shadowy underbelly and secrets of the High Republic era, and we've got all the details.

Star Wars The Acolyte release date

What is The Acolyte release date? If you’re a Star Wars fan, you probably know there’s far more to the galaxy than the Skywalker Saga, and The Acolyte is about to take us to a time long before Luke and Leia.

If you have a Star Wars-shaped hole in your life since the journey of Ahsoka Tano, fear not, there are plenty more Star Wars series coming down the line. One of those new series is The Acolyte, a show which will explore the High Republic era, set long before any of the events you see when watching the Star Wars movies in order.

The Acolyte is one of the latest TV series to be announced and will be making its debut on the streaming service Disney Plus. However, you’re probably full of questions on the show. Rest easy, we’re here to fill you in with everything that we know about The Acolyte.

The Acolyte release date speculation

The Acolyte will hit screens sometime in 2024. This was confirmed at Star Wars Celebration 2023, and confirmed by Disney Plus in December 2023. Filming wrapped in June 2023 so production seems to have run smoothly despite the strikes.

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The Acolyte cast

The Acolyte cast will be led by Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jodie Turner-Smith. It is very unlikely that we will see many existing Star Wars characters appear in this show.

We have some vague details about some of the actors, as well. Cattie-Anne Moss, Lee Jung-jae, Dafne Keen, and Charlie Barnett are all unnamed Jedi, while Rebecca Henderson plays a Jedi Knight named Vernestra Rwoh. Excitingly, Joonas Suotamo, who replaced the late Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca in the Sequel Trilogy, is playing a Wookie Jedi – an instant favorite!

The Acolyte cast list:

  • Amandla Stenberg
  • Jodie Turner-Smith
  • Rebecca Henderson as Vernestra Rwoh
  • Lee Jung-jae
  • Manny Jacinto
  • Dean-Charles Chapman
  • Carrie-Anne Moss
  • Margarita Levieva
  • Joonas Suotam
  • Dafne Keen
  • Charlie Barnett

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What happens in The Acolyte?

Set in the final days of the High Republic era, The Acolyte will follow a Jedi Master and their former Padawan as they investigate a string of mysterious crimes.

According to the official logline, The Acolyte will explore the “emerging dark-side powers” and “shadowy secrets” that underpin the galaxy and High Republic during that era. Long before the Galactic Empire and the Rebellion, this will be a story focused on a time where Jedi watched over a more peaceful galaxy, with the Sith hiding in the shadows. We can’t wait to see what new nemeses arrive and find their way on to our list of the best Star Wars villains.

Various Jedi from the High Republic era

How many episodes of The Acolyte will there be?

The Acolyte will have eight episodes, and each of them will be around one hour long.

That’s according to a report on Sara Putt Associates website, which lists Adelaide Waldrop as the lead intimacy coordinator for the Disney Plus show and reveals just how busy Waldrop will be. This has not been confirmed by Disney yet.

The Acolyte

Where can I watch The Acolyte?

When the time comes, you’ll be able to watch The Acolyte on Disney Plus. This shouldn’t come as a shock, though — Disney Plus is the home of all the Star Wars series.

While you’re waiting, take a deep dive into our guides to the Andor season 2 release date and the new Star Wars movies, or learn about the Andor cast of characters, including Cassian AndorSyril Karn, Dedra Meero, Luthen Rael, and Mon Mothma. Or, get away from the galaxy and simply look at all the new movies coming your way this year, like The Marvels.