Exploring the Enigmatic Darkness: The Acolyte and the Rise of the Sith in the High Republic Era


“The Acolyte” is an upcoming Star Wars series set in the final days of the High Republic era, about a century before The Phantom Menace. As a mystery-thriller, it delves into the secrets and emerging dark-side powers of the galaxy. The show follows a former Padawan and her Jedi Master as they investigate a series of crimes, uncovering forces more sinister than anticipated. With a unique perspective from the villains’ point of view, “The Acolyte” explores the dynamics of unchecked Jedi power and morally ambiguous characters.

The High Republic Era and the Sith’s Looming Threat

Set in the High Republic era, “The Acolyte” takes audiences to an unexplored period in the Star Wars universe. During this time, the Sith remain hidden, preparing to make their move and seize control of the galaxy. The series portrays the Sith as underdogs, outnumbered by the Jedi. As the furthest point in the live-action Star Wars timeline, it offers a fresh perspective on the events leading up to The Phantom Menace.

The Fascinating Characters and Stellar Cast

 “The Acolyte” features a diverse cast of characters, including Amandla Stenberg in the lead role, joined by talented actors such as Emmy Award-winner Lee Jung-jae, Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Charlie Barnett, Dean-Charles Chapman, Carrie-Anne Moss, Margarita Levieva, and Joonas Suotamo. Notably, Suotamo, who previously portrayed Chewbacca in Solo: A Star Wars Story, will portray a Wookiee Jedi named Kelnacca. Rebecca Henderson brings the character Vernestra Rwoh, a Jedi Knight from the High Republic era, to life. The series promises a compelling blend of emotional depth and intense action, with characters like Keen’s human-alien hybrid providing intriguing dynamics reminiscent of “David Bowie meets Star Wars.”

Leslye Headland and the Exploration of the Sith 

Writer and producer Leslye Headland, known for her hit series Russian Doll, leads “The Acolyte.” As a devoted Star Wars fan, Headland brings her extensive knowledge of the Expanded Universe (E.U.) to the project. Headland plans to explore the fallibility of the Jedi and their relationships with government institutions. By telling the story from the villains’ perspective, the show examines the Sith, who utilize the Force in their own unorthodox ways, delving into the darker side of the Force without the Jedi’s sanction. This fresh take on the Star Wars formula adds complexity and moral ambiguity to the narrative.

A Classic Formula from the Villains’ Perspective 

“The Acolyte” follows the classic Star Wars formula of a small group of main characters battling against a formidable oppressor. However, unlike the original trilogy where the Rebels fought the Empire, this series focuses on the emerging Sith challenging the Jedi Order. The show emphasizes the underdog aspect of the Sith, contrasting them with the institution of the Jedi. By exploring morally ambiguous characters and showcasing a significant number of Jedi, “The Acolyte” presents a unique and captivating perspective within the Star Wars universe. The series offers a balance between intense action sequences and emotional storytelling, captivating audiences with its exploration of the darker side of the Force.


“The Acolyte” is poised to be a groundbreaking addition to the Star Wars franchise, venturing into uncharted territory in the High Republic era. With its enigmatic exploration of the Sith and a stellar cast led by Amandla Stenberg, the series promises to captivate audiences with its blend of mystery, darkness, and intense action. Leslye Headland’s passion for Star Wars and her deep knowledge of the Expanded Universe ensure that fans will be treated to an intriguing and morally complex narrative that sheds light on the fallibility of the Jedi and the allure of the dark side.

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