The Acolyte is “a mystery-thriller that will take viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era [a time when the Galactic Republic and the Jedi order were at the height of their powers],” according to the story synopsis. “A former Padawan reunites with her Jedi Master to investigate a series of crimes, but the forces they confront are more sinister than they ever anticipated.”
“I can tease that it’s a prequel!” Keen joked to TechRadar when asked what she could say about The Acolyte. “No, I mean, as you know, it’s set 100 years before the prequel movies, and it’s kind of an explanation of how the Sith infiltrated the Jedi. It’s a Sith-led story, which has never been done before. It’s been really fun to film – the cast is amazing, and the director and crew are just lovely. The whole experience is wonderful, and I’m already excited for people to see it.”
The Acolyte will star Amandla Stenberg – star of The Hunger Games, The Hate U Give, and Bodies Bodies Bodies. Rounding out the cast are Carrie-Ann Moss (The Matrix), Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones, 1917), Jodie Turner-Smith (After Yang), Charlie Barnett (Russian Doll), and Manny Jacinto (The Good Place). Leslye Headland (Russian Doll) is on writing, directing, and executive-producing duties.
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