‘Star Wars: The Acolyte’ Series Reportedly Lands ‘Loki’ Director Kate Herron

With so many Star Wars shows on the way there should be something for everybody. The most intriguing of all to me is Leslye Headland’s The Acolyte, which details an era in Star Wars canon that we’ve yet to see explored on the big or small screen. With shooting expected to begin this November, reports have surfaced that Loki director Kate Herron will be at the helm.

The news comes from the generally reliable folks at Making Star Wars, but they don’t have much to say beyond that. Herron makes some sense for a number of reasons, starting with her Disney association as director of Loki. She opted not to return for season two, and perhaps a move to Star Wars is the reason why? It’s unclear if Herron would direct one episode, a few, or the entire season.

The Acolyte is expected to be a female-driven series with martial arts aspects, set in the late High Republic era, years prior to The Phantom Menace. This was a time when the Jedi Order was most influential, but the Dark Side was beginning to expand. Amandla Stenberg is in the running for the lead role, possibly as an apprentice Sith.

More details on The Acolyte are sure to drop later this year, probably at D23.

Travis Hopson
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