Among the Star Wars projects that Disney+ still has planned is Star Wars: The Acolyte, a show that is being described as “a martial arts-influenced 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 series is being showrun by Russian Doll and Sleeping With Other People alum Leslye Headland, who was a former assistant to Harvey Weinstein and could be “problematic” for the studio. Many fans were disappointed to learn she had never seen a Star Wars movie before being hired for the job.
It was also announced earlier this year that The Hunger Games‘ Amandla Stenberg is in talks for the lead role.
A new report potentially shines even more light on the series — both when it’s filming, and what its supporting cast could look like, but the premise is still pretty vague, as were previous reports on the show, which we know is expected to have heavy “queer representation“.
According to the report from The Illuminerdi, The Acolyte is now expected to begin production in October of 2022, and wrap by May of 2023. While this is much later than fans had expected the series to start filming, it at least provides an inkling of when other elements of the series could come together.
In terms of the supporting cast, the report claims that The Acolyte is seeking a Caucasian man in his 50s to play “Paul’, who will be a series regular on the show and will seemingly only be part of it for one season. The show is also reportedly looking to cast a young Black girl (and potentially identical twins) to portray 8-10 year-old “Miri”, who is described as a lead guest star