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The Acolyte Trailer Takes Us To The High Republic Era

Set before 100 years before The Phantom Menace, this tells a murder mystery during the peak age of the Jedi.

by William Linden
The Acolyte

In the wake of yesterday’s electrifying reveal of a teaser poster for “The Acolyte,” Lucasfilm has now dropped the curtain on the highly anticipated official trailer for the forthcoming Disney+ series. Set to kick off with a riveting two-episode premiere on June 4th, “The Acolyte” promises to captivate audiences with its blend of intrigue, mystique, and pulse-pounding action. Steering the ship as showrunner is none other than the visionary behind “Russian Doll,” Leslye Headland.

Venturing into uncharted territory, “The Acolyte” marks the first live-action adaptation set within the illustrious High Republic era, a golden age for the Jedi Order. Against a backdrop of burgeoning darkness, a sinister force threatens to unravel the very fabric of existence, plunging the galaxy into chaos and uncertainty.

Master Sol, portrayed with gravitas by Lee Jung-jae, imparts wisdom upon his pupils, cautioning them against the deceptive nature of perception. His words echo the timeless teachings passed down from master to apprentice, reminiscent of the sage counsel bestowed upon a young Luke Skywalker by the venerable Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The trailer unfolds with a flurry of intensity, as Carrie-Anne Moss’s Master Indara finds herself embroiled in a visceral cantina brawl, pitted against a mysterious assailant wielding a deadly blade. The clash culminates in a crescendo of crimson as a blood-red lightsaber ignites, poised to unleash chaos upon a group of unsuspecting Jedi.

Headland, in an interview with StarWars.com, reveals her inspiration drawn from beloved martial arts epics and samurai classics like “Come Drink With Me” and “Yojimbo.” Electing to steer clear of grandiose conflicts, she delves into the realm of personal struggles, weaving a narrative that spotlights new faces such as the enigmatic Mirialan Jedi Vernestra Rwoh, portrayed by the talented Rebecca Henderson.

“I’m just so excited for people to see her in this show because she is so different,” Headland enthuses. “She’s very rarely in the mission robes adventuring and dreaming. I think, as the show goes on, you’ll understand why. She has seen so much and she is so in tune and in love with the Force. Here she’s much more of a high-ranking official. The other Jedi revere her. I’m just really excited for people to see her in this show and to see the performance.”

An ensemble cast, including Amandla Stenberg, Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Charlie Barnett, Jodie Turner-Smith, Dean-Charles Chapman, Joonas Suotamo, and the incomparable Carrie-Anne Moss, brings to life the rich tapestry of characters within “The Acolyte,” promising an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Force.

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