Disney Ditching “Luke Skywalker Timeline” for New ‘Star Wars’ Series

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STAR WARS: EPISODE VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI, Darth Vader, Mark Hamill, 1983

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The Star Wars universe is expanding with Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Mandalorian, but a forgotten series is going where no series has gone before: the expanded universe.

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Star Wars was divided into “Legend” and “Canon” upon the acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company, resulting in a soft reboot of the Skywalker saga with the addition of Rey (Daisy Ridley), Ben Solo/Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and the rest of the Sequel Trilogy.

A hard reset for every Star Wars fan, the countless novelizations, video games, series, and other media were virtually forgotten by Disney overnight.

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George Lucas’ Sequel Trilogy was scrapped and replaced with Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), while hundreds of well-written novels and more expanded the universe that Lucas created.

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The Old Republic and the High Republic collected dust for over a decade. Until now:

Leslye Headland will be taking inspiration from the Star Wars Expanded Universe for THE ACOLYTE, according to Kathleen Kennedy!

“There are little bits and pieces that she’s drawing from that no one has explored yet in the onscreen storytelling.”

The Acolyte turned heads and confused fans upon being announced as an official series alongside Andor and The Mandalorian during the early days of Disney+.

With Obi-Wan Kenobi right around the corner, fans are looking forward to what’s next for the Star Wars saga. The Acolyte showrunner Leslye Headland shares:

“For someone like myself who was introduced to Star Wars not just through the films, but also through games … I was able to escape [and] pretend that I was part of that world. It was not like, ‘And now you have to do a scene from the original movie’

Headland continues:

“You could not pay me enough to try and be in the Luke Skywalker timeline”

Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine
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Hearing that Lucasfilm is finally tapping into the expanded universe of Star Wars and could give fans a live-action Darth Plagueis the Wise (predecessor of Palpatine) or even Starkiller (which occurs during the time of Darth Vader, to be precise) is a breath of fresh air for many:

I am soo Hypee and Excited for Acolyte
I do hope that we will see Mentioned or referenced to Plagueis or Bane!?!?

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Another fan writes:

Oh baby! There is many great things to pull from in the EU.

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The world of George Lucas’ Star Wars is moving past Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Darth Vader (James Earl Jones), Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz), Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), Darth Maul (Ray Parker), Anakin Skywalker (Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch/Temura Morrison), Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff)Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), and Moff Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) the Millennium Falcon, the Death Star, and The Clone Wars.

Within the Star Wars franchise, Lucasfilm is moving past Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) or the controversial Rian Johnson Star Wars film The Last Jedi (2018) as we dive into the Old Republic or explore new realities of the Star Wars universe with each new TV show or the upcoming Star Wars game like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2 or Star Wars Eclipse.

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Numerous Star Wars fans are thrilled to hear this confirmation from Headland, someone entrusted with the future of Star Wars with Acolyte, a new Star Wars story that could revolutionize the current state of George Lucas’ work.

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