‘The Acolyte’ Showrunner Announces Next ‘Star Wars’ Live-Action Series

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Star Wars: The Acolyte is generating a whole new wave of controversy for fans of the franchise, and it seems that Leslye Headland, the show’s creator, has no intention of slowing down. In fact, she already revealed the next Lucasfilm project she wants to get off the ground.

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The Acolyte is the latest live-action Star Wars series to premiere on Disney+ and the first to take place before Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), bypassing the legacy of the Skywalker family entirely (at least, so far). The show takes place in the era of the High Republic, approximately 100 years before the birth of Anakin Skywalker, when the Jedi dominate the affairs of the galaxy and seemingly face no threats.

That is until high-ranking Jedi turn up murdered. Jedi Master Sol (Lee Jung-jae) is tasked with investigating who is targeting his peers alongside his former Padawan Osha (Amandla Stenberg), his current pupil Jecki Lon (Dafne Keen), and Knight Yord (Charlie Barnett). Lucasfilm describes the series as:

“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…”

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Critics have been strongly positive about The Acolyte, with the series currently holding 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it has achieved the highest viewership numbers of any series premiere in 2024 so far.

However, a vocal contingent of Star Wars fans has been angered by the show featuring several female protagonists, a cast of predominantly people of color, and Leslye Headland (herself a queer woman and the creator of Russian Doll) joking about the show being the “gayest entry” in Star Wars yet.

At this point, any new Star Wars project will be assumed to face a near-immediate backlash from some “fans,” which Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Leslye Headland have previously revealed they anticipated.

Despite the criticism of the show from some quarters and given that The Acolyte is doing great viewership numbers on Disney+, there is a very good chance that Headland may get the chance to make another series, and it turns out that she would like to make a live-action series of Knights of the Old Republic, the beloved Bioware video game series.

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In a recent interview with Omelete, Leslye Headland revealed that she wants to make a series based on Knights of the Old Republic focusing on Kreia, a Jedi who appears in the second installment in the franchise, The Sith Lords.

Headland said, “I’ve always wanted to explore a live-action version of the Knights of the Old Republic game and the character of Kreia. I think it would be a really interesting story to bring to life…start writing some emails! Start crowdfunding.”

In The Sith Lords, Kreia (voiced by Sara Kestelman) is a mentor figure to the protagonist, who eventually turns out to have a deeper and more nuanced role than it initially appears. Chris Avellone, the character’s writer/creator, described her as “questioning everything about the Star Wars universe that I thought should be questioned.”

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Star Wars fans have been asking for new Knights of the Old Republic content for years now, either in the form of a remake or new entries in the series. But if The Acolyte keeps performing as well as it has been with viewers, a live-action series could potentially be next.

Do you want a Knights of the Old Republic live-action series? Why do you think The Acolyte is so controversial? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

The Acolyte stars Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, Dafne Keen, Manny Jacinto, Charlie Barnett, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Joonas Suotamo, and Carrie-Anne Moss star. New episodes stream on Disney+ on Tuesdays 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET.

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