Amandla Stenberg Is Headed to a Galaxy Far, Far Away For New Star Wars Series "The Acolyte"

Amandla Stenberg will star in Disney+'s upcoming "Star Wars" series "The Acolyte." The actor announced the news on their Instagram on July 22. They shared photos of themself with R2-D2 and Darth Vader, and in the pictures, they're wearing a Darth Maul shirt. Stenberg wrote in the caption, "Next stop: a galaxy far, far away . . . I am so excited to finally announce I'm joining Star Wars: #TheAcolyte ! Honoured is an understatement. May the Force be with you đź–¤."

"The Acolyte" is one of eight announced "Star Wars" series coming to Disney+, including "Ahsoka" and "Andor." The creative team is led by "Russian Doll" creator Leslye Headland. Back in 2020 when it was announced, Disney described the project as "a mystery-thriller that will take the audience into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark side powers in the final days of the High Republic era."

Headland told Variety in May that the show was mostly written and that they were currently casting the series. The show takes place a century before the events of "The Phantom Menace."

"A lot of those characters haven't even been born yet. 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," Headland told Variety at the time. "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?"

Stenberg's Darth Maul shirt seems to be a hint that they'll play a character on the dark side, if not one of the Sith, but we'll have to wait for more details. Read on for everything we know so far about "The Acolyte," including the cast and release date.

"The Acolyte" Cast
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"The Acolyte" Cast

So far, the only confirmed member of the cast of "The Acolyte" is Stenberg.

"The Acolyte" Plot
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"The Acolyte" Plot

"The Acolyte" is described as a mystery thriller. Headland told Variety that during the time period the show is set, the galaxy is prosperous and peaceful. Even the Jedi is different than fans are used to: "The Jedi uniforms are gold and white, and it's almost like they would never get dirty. They would never be out and about," she told the outlet. "The idea is that they could have these types of uniforms because that's how little they're getting into skirmishes." Nothing else about the plot is known.

"The Acolyte" Release Date
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"The Acolyte" Release Date

"The Acolyte" does not currently have a release date. Since it hasn't yet begun filming, a 2024 release date seems most likely.

"The Acolyte" Time Period
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"The Acolyte" Time Period

"The Acolyte" takes place 100 years before the events of "The Phantom Menace," which was previously the earliest movie or show in the Star Wars timeline.