‘Star Wars’ Too Big for Disney+, Leaves for Theatrical Release

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The Star Wars universe is one of the most famous film franchises in cinematic history and has since spread beyond the silver screen into novels, video games, and TV shows on Disney+. Even now, The Acolyte is preparing to make its grand debut to tell a new story before the age of the Republic.

'Star Wars' The Acolyte title
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Star Wars: The Acolyte is an upcoming series event on Disney+ that takes place during the High Republic era of the galaxy far, far away. A mysterious warrior is hunting down Jedi Knights, and the council races against the clock to find out why.

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The official descriptor from Star Wars and Lucasfilm reads as follows,

“An investigation into a shocking crime spree pits a respected Jedi Master against a dangerous warrior from his past. As more clues emerge, they travel down a dark path where sinister forces reveal all is not what it seems…”

As exciting as that might be, the ambitious new thriller might be too big for Disney’s magical streaming service alone. While Star Wars hasn’t had a proper theatrical release since The Rise of Skywalker (2019), a new announcement brings the dawn of the Jedi Order and the rise of the Sith off of Disney+ and onto movie screens in a special fan event.

The Acolyte Trades Streaming for a Limited Release

A red lightsaber from the trailer of Star Wars: The Acolyte
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In partnership with FandangoLucasfilm is releasing the series’ first two episodes in 26 six theatres for a limited time. Star Wars made following official announcement this week,

“On June 3, be among the first to see The Acolyte in theaters with a special two-episode screening at select locations. Fans at 26 locations across the United States will have a chance to see the new Star Wars live-action series before it arrives on Disney+ through a special offer at Fandango.com.”

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The official early screening is a free fan event only accessible by entering the contest on Fandango’s website (found here) and will more than likely build up hype for the series event. The mystery thriller has already garnered the interest of dedicated fans everywhere, and no doubt those 26 theater slots will be full of fans frothing at the mouth for the exclusive viewing.

A Disturbance in the Force

New Jedi looking horrified during the 'Star Wars The Acolyte' trailer dropped by Disney and Lucasfilm.
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Observant fans are already aware that this isn’t the first theatrical exclusive Lucasfilm has dished up this year, as The Phantom Menace (1999) had its return to the theatres in honor of May the Fourth and its 25th anniversary. It wouldn’t be unfair to suggest that the galaxy is getting ready for a new awakening.

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It’s refreshing to see Star Wars doing something new by incorporating the High Republic into a culture full of sequels and remakes. Fortunately for its dedicated fanbase, the next chapter in the iconic saga will be released on June 4, 2024.

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