Ahsoka isn’t the only new Star Wars series heating up. According to Variety, the producers behind Star Wars: The Acolyte are courting Amandla Stenberg to play the show’s lead character.
Because Star Wars projects are always shrouded in secrecy, Stenberg’s role remains a mystery for now. Regardless, we already know that The Acolyte takes place during the last days of the High Republic era. Earlier reports have also described the series as a female-led mystery thriller that will involve the sudden emergence of mysterious dark side powers. And it’s just as well that in Star Wars canon, an “acolyte” typically refers to a young Sith who has just begun their training.
Stenberg’s first role was a younger version of Zoe Saldana’s character in 2011’s Columbiana, before going on to play Rue in The Hunger Games. Additionally, Stenberg rose to further prominence after a critically acclaimed performance in The Hate U Give. Most recently, Stenberg also appeared in the film adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen, which hit theaters back in September.
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The Acolyte was one of several new Star Wars shows announced during last year’s Disney Investor Day livestream. Leslye Headland, who previously co-created Netflix’s Russian Doll, is spearheading the project as its showrunner and executive producer.
Lucasfilm hasn’t announced a premiere date for Star Wars: The Acolyte.
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