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The Acolyte is an upcoming television series currently being developed by Leslye Headland for Disney+. Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as the series' showrunner. The show will focus on the emergence of dark side powers in the final days of the High Republic Era.
On April 22, 2020, Variety reported that a Star Wars series was in development for Disney+, with Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland writing and serving as showrunner. The report noted that the series will be female-centric, and that it will take place in a new part of the Star Wars timeline. The series' title, logo, and general premise were revealed at a Disney investors meeting on December 10, 2020. Rayne Roberts will co-develop the series with Headland.
On June 24, 2021, it was reported that filming is scheduled to begin February 2022 in London. The first season of the series is expected to be consisted of eight episodes. Casting has already begun for The Acolyte, with Lucasfilm looking to cast a young woman of color in the lead role.
On December 9, 2021, Amanda Stenberg was in talks to play the main role for the show.