The Star Wars franchise continues to expand via Disney+ and I think we can all agree that we have The Mandalorian to thank for it. Currently, Lucasfilm's upcoming project slate is looking hella stacked with shows like Andor, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka coming our way next year. For fans craving for something "new", the production company also has you covered via Star Wars: The Acolyte, an original series that takes place in the High Republic era currently being explored in the comics.
We still know very little about the project but according to a new report from Discussing Film, Lucasfilm is looking to begin production for The Acolyte in London in early 2022. The Leslye Headland-produced series will also reportedly make use of The Mandalorian's state-of-the-art "The Volume" technology.
As for the show's main character, insider Grace Randolph reports that the production company is currently in the stages of casting a female person of color to lead the exciting new series. Randolph didn't drop names so I'm guessing an official shortlist hasn't been made.
Casting a female lead may be a controversial decision to some fans but I'm pretty sure Lucasfilm has learned its lesson from Rey "Skywalker" so I'm confident the people behind The Acolyte will treat this intriguing new character better. It also helps that the franchise is experiencing quite the renaissance these days thanks to the success of the MandoVerse as it gives Headland and her crew some much-needed inspiration.
No official release date has been announced for Star Wars: The Acolyte.
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