Lucasfilm has introduced that Amandla Stenberg has formally been cast in the lead function of its upcoming live-action Star Wars Disney+ collection The Acolyte. We heard at one level that the actress was in the operating to affix, however now it’s set in stone.
The collection is described as “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.” The High Republic is about 200 years earlier than the Skywalker Saga begins. This period has solely been explored in a collection of books and comics up to now. It is the golden age of the Jedi, when the Jedi had been at their strongest and the Sith had been believed to have been eradicated from the galaxy.
It was additionally beforehand defined that the present “specifically explores the rise of the Dark Side in those final days of the High Republic era. The Acolyte has the opportunity to explore the Dark Side in a way the franchise never has on screen before.”
An acolyte in the Star Wars universe refers to “a Sith who has just begun their training under an experienced Sith Lord.” Also, to present you slightly context, the High Republic period is alleged to have ended about 50 years previous to the occasions of The Phantom Menace. The collection can be stated to discover some main Sith characters from Star Wars Legends.
The present is being developed by showrunner Leslye Headland (Russian Doll), and he or she beforehand revealed that the collection was closely impressed by Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, saying:
“What I can say is the reason it did appeal to me personally is that I was 18 when Phantom Menace came out and I was a very, very big Star Wars fan. I remain a big Star Wars fan, but at that particular time, right after the re-releases and the fact that I was in high school, it just kind of all coincided at a time where I was discovering who I was sexually, I was discovering who I was artistically, I was kind of realizing what I wanted to do with my life, and then this big, huge movie event, cultural event happened that was The Phantom Menace. And I know there were varying reactions to it. And certainly, there were a lot of people that had grown up with the original trilogy who were disappointed by it.
“But I really was very intrigued by why George Lucas had began us at that individual level. I type of puzzled, however what occurred to steer as much as this? That’s type of the place my Star Wars fan brain went was like, ‘How did we get here? And why are the Jedi like this?‘ When they are in power, why are they acting this way and how is it that they’re not having the response that you’d suppose they’d to Anakin’s presence and what Qui-Gon Jinn is saying about how passionately he feels about coaching him and bringing him into the fold. It’s like, even the invention of Darth Maul is type of met with this like, ‘Hm, attention-grabbing’ type of feeling. So I simply suppose for me, my brain has at all times buzzed round that space and puzzled what’s occurring right here – or what has been occurring right here.”
There’s no information on the character that Stenberg will be playing in the series, but she’s a wonderful young actress who has appeared in films such as The Hunger Games,The Hate U Give, The Darkest Minds, Everything, Everything, and Dear Evan Hansen. When previously talking about the series, she said:
“We’re taking a look at the political and personal and spiritual things that came up in a time period that we don’t know much about. My question when watching ‘The Phantom Menace’ was always like, ‘Well, how did things get to this point?’ How did we get to a point where a Sith lord can infiltrate the Senate and none of the Jedi pick up on it? Like, what went wrong? What are the scenarios that led us to this moment?”
I’m very curious in regards to the setting of this collection as a result of it’s set in such a distinct period of Star Wars that hasn’t actually been explored earlier than. I simply hope that it seems to be a superb high quality collection.