A long time ago in this very galaxy, a new piece of Star Wars content was a massive event. You’d have to wait years between instalments of the film franchise with only the occasional video game to tide you over. Now, one piece of Star Wars content isn’t even finished before we get details about the next one. And so it is with Andor and the new series The Acolyte. Before the final episode of the former’s first season had dropped, news broke around the latter’s casting, and while Disney+ has certainly gathered an impressive collection of actors for the project, it’s curious (and kind of a pity) how uneventful it all feels.
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Anyway, unwarranted gripes aside, who’s going to be joining the already-announced Amandla Stenberg for The Acolyte’s tale of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era? Emmy Award-winner and Squid Game lead Lee Jung-jae will make a welcome return to our screens, along with Manny Jacinto (The Good Place), Dafne Keen (who played Hugh Jackman’s violently gifted protégé in Logan), and Queen & Slim’s Jodie Turner-Smith. Also joining the cast are Rebecca Henderson from Russian Doll, Dean-Charles Chapman (1917 and Game of Thrones) and The Matrix icon Carrie-Anne Moss
This talented lot will enter the Star Wars universe at a time prior to the events of Episode I: The Phantom Menace to tell the story of a former Padawan who’s reunited with her Jedi Master to investigate a series of crimes. However, they soon discover that the forces they confront are more sinister than they ever anticipated.
While the Disney+ Star Wars shows have been very hit and miss (The Mandalorian has been consistently good while The Book of Boba Fett was absolutely sh*thouse), we’re hopeful the high quality of Andor is a good sign for The Acolyte and other projects to come, even if the rarity that once made Star Wars so special has well and truly become a thing of the past.
A release date for The Acolyte is yet to be announced, so we’re unlikely to see it until late 2023 at the earliest. In the meantime, why not check out what’s new on Amazon Prime in November 2022?