After «The Mandalorian» &amp «Obi-Wan» New «Star Wars» series will herald a completely new era – and that’s a good thing! — Series News

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There is probably no other franchise that has such a bad reputation for constantly wallowing in nostalgia and standing in the way of new fresh ideas as Star Wars. And that reputation is no accident: ever since Disney took over the saga of the stars created by George Lucas , there has been a sequel trilogy that for much of it passes as a brazen copy of the original films rather than a worthy sequel, and with » Solo ‘ and ‘ The Book of Boba Fett ‘ were entertaining, but also unnecessary additions to popular ‘Star Wars’ cult figures in both the film and series sectors.

I have to admit: I also occasionally succumb to nostalgia. Of course, I look forward to seeing Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen back in Obi-Wan Kenobi so many years after the prequels . Every time Luke Skywalker appears in The Mandalorian or Boba Fett, I get goosebumps too. And if Ahsoka Tano gets her own series after becoming my very favorite Star Wars character over many Clone Wars years, I can only be hyped. But sometime is also good: The galaxy far, far away is gigantic and I don’t always want to hang out there with the same characters in the same era.

«The Acolyte» will be a prequel to the prequels

Vanity Fair recently published an extensive cover story about the future of «Star Wars». In addition to the announcement of a new series from Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts, with the working title Grammar Rodeo , there were also interesting new details about The Acolyte that not much was known about until now, except, that it takes place in the High Republic era, i.e. before «Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace», and that «Hunger Games» star Amandla Stenberg embodies the leading role.

New «Star Wars» series from the «Spider-Man: No Way Home» maker: The concept is promising

Showrunner Leslye Headland («Matryoshka») also has a say in the article. She confirms that script work is almost complete and that the upcoming Disney Plus series is currently in the casting phase. What is particularly exciting, however, is what she says about the plot of the series, which, according to the latest information, takes place about 100 years before «Episode 1». Here’s how Headland describes «The Acolyte» as a mystery thriller set in a seemingly peaceful and prosperous era that is paving the way for its own demise:

«A lot of the [well-known] characters weren’t even born then. We look at the political, personal, and spiritual things that occurred during this time about which we don’t yet know much. My question while watching The Phantom Menace was, ‘How did this happen?’ How come a Sith Lord was able to infiltrate the Senate and none of the Jedi noticed? What went wrong?»

In addition, the Jedis of this time are not ascetic monks who live courageously and selflessly: «The Jedi uniforms are gold and white, as if they would never get dirty. The idea is that they have these uniforms because they rarely get into arguments.”

That’s why «The Acolyte» sounds absolutely great

The basic idea of ​​»The Acolyte» is exactly what I’ve wanted from «Star Wars» for a long time: diving into a completely new era in the galaxy, as the prequels once did and with it the star saga with completely new designs and conflicts enriched.

The fact that the series takes place so far in the past naturally offers the authors completely new freedoms that simply are not given under the tight corset formed by restrictive fan expectations of the Skywalker saga and everything that happens in between.

DelRey Book cover of the High Republic era novel Light Of The Jedi

The era of the High Republic is not that new, because since 2021 this epoch has been filled with life in books and comics. But for people like me, who see «Star Wars» primarily as a film and series franchise (with the occasional detour into gaming), it’s still a novelty.

›› «Star Wars: The High Republic» Volume 1 of the novel series at Amazon *
›› «Star Wars: The High Republic» Vol. 1 of the comic series at Amazon *

«Star Wars» is more than the Skywalkers and everything that goes with it. The acclaimed video game Knights Of The Republic proved that almost 20 years ago by creating a whole new era without familiar characters based on the Jedi and Sith mythologies, which still enjoys great popularity today.

«The Acolyte» could now achieve a similar feat: expand the «Star Wars» universe by another fascinating epoch, instead of always just treading water. Though it’s entirely possible that a fan favorite from the now-canon Knights Of The Old Republic will make a comeback in The Acolyte (although that’s just a rumor so far):

One of the most popular «Star Wars» villains is set to get his own Disney+ series

A release date for The Acolyte is not yet known. We don’t expect this until the end of 2023 at the earliest.

Also: New information about the «Rogue One» spin-off «Andor

In the above-mentioned Vanity Fair article , screenwriter Tony Gilroy («Bourne 1-4») also reveals new details about the story of the «Rogue One» prequel series » Andor » he created , which he describes as a refugee story in which the Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna , completes his transformation into a selfless rebel:

«This guy gave his life for the galaxy, right? I mean, he sacrificed himself consciously, soberly, and without vanity or recognition. Who does that? That’s what the first season will be about. It’s about how he’s very averse to revolution [at a young age]. He’s cynical, lost and confused.”

Star Wars: Andor Teaser OV
Star Wars: Andor Teaser OV

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