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The Acolyte (live action series set in The High Republic era) - a general discussion thread

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Leslye Headland, Emmy Award-nominated creator of the mind-bending series Russian Doll, brings a new Star Wars series to Disney+ with The Acolyte. The Acolyte is a mystery-thriller that will take the audience into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.
 

StarWars•com announcement on 10th December, 2020 - https://www.starwars.com/news/future-lucasfilm-projects-revealed
 

The Star Wars: The High Republic’ era publishing project (was aka ‘Project Luminous’) thread in The Expanded Universe forum.

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DZ-330 said:

Why do I have a feeling this will involve Darth Plagueis and “The Acolytes of the Beyond” leading into the history of who they are and how they end up worshipping Palpatine. I think Exegol and TROS references will be high in this one.

I think there was a report awhile back that they planned to do more with Exegol, in some shape or form, so I think you may be onto something there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Budu1ux09Rs

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I just hope this doesn’t become yet another “promise it’s from the bad guys perspective” only to become a redemption story 3 episodes in. Let’s get a full-blown evil Sith - no redemptions!

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OutboundFlight said:

I just hope this doesn’t become yet another “promise it’s from the bad guys perspective” only to become a redemption story 3 episodes in. Let’s get a full-blown evil Sith - no redemptions!

Bad guys turning good has become so overdone at this point.

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Absolutely! Having a villain stay evil until the end doesn’t mean they cannot get any character development, nor is a redeemed antagonist inherently more complex.

It would be great if this could make some sense of the mess that was the Exegol subplot in TROS, and even more awesome if it somehow leads up to Plagueis.

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OutboundFlight said:

I just hope this doesn’t become yet another “promise it’s from the bad guys perspective” only to become a redemption story 3 episodes in. Let’s get a full-blown evil Sith - no redemptions!

I’m not holding my breath. Remember how the first two seasons of Star Wars Rebels hinted strongly at Ezra falling to the dark side? Once season three premiered that subplot was dropped after one episode.

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It’s a mystery-thriller. That makes me think there will be a reveal at some point of someone as a villain we didn’t expect to be. Hopefully with an intricate plot. I really enjoyed Russian Doll, so I think it’ll be great.

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Let’s get a full-blown evil Sith - no redemptions!

As much as I’d hate a Yoda origin story, I’d be okay with a Palpatine origin story. Obviously this is too early in the timeline for him to be around, but I’ve always liked the idea that he was older than he let on. An age some consider to be unnatural.

But who’m I kidding, it’s obviously be based around new characters with a healthy (or perhaps unhealthy) dose of “remember this?” thrown in.

Remember how the first two seasons of Star Wars Rebels hinted strongly at Ezra falling to the dark side?

No, I really don’t. He seemed to be continuing down the standard Light Side path, complete with a normal amount of temptation.

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I’d prefer if this winds up focusing on the development of the rule of 2 and therefore possibly revolving around the rise of Darth Bane and the fall of the Brotherhood of Darkness due the outcome of the Jedi-Sith War.

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‘Star Wars: The Acolyte’ Being Co-Developed By Rayne Roberts
https://www.starwarsnewsnet.com/2020/12/star-wars-the-acolyte-rayne-roberts.html

From what I’ve gathered she’s part of the Lucasfilm story-group and have worked as a development/creative executive on all of the recent movies.

Original Trilogy Documentaries/Making-Ofs (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Beyond the OT Documentaries/Making-Ofs (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
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Amazon link to my first novel; Dawn of the Karabu.

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Reading the High Republic novels has increased my already high interest in this.

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Rodney-2187 said:

Reading the High Republic novels has increased my already high interest in this.

What high republic novels would you suggest?

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YellowYoda said:

Rodney-2187 said:

Reading the High Republic novels has increased my already high interest in this.

What high republic novels would you suggest?

I’d only recommend the High Republic for anyone interested in an entire new era of Star Wars. It doesn’t have that OT atmosphere of rebellion against an oppressive regime. It still feels like Star Wars, just during a time when the Jedi and the Republic were at their peak. There are adversaries though, and even tragedy.

I’d start with the first one, “Light of the Jedi.” It sets everything up and introduces a lot of new characters.

Link to High Republic thread here:
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/star-wars-the-high-republic-era-publishing-project-was-aka-project-luminous/id/73043

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Rodney-2187 said:

YellowYoda said:

Rodney-2187 said:

Reading the High Republic novels has increased my already high interest in this.

What high republic novels would you suggest?

I’d only recommend the High Republic for anyone interested in an entire new era of Star Wars. It doesn’t have that OT atmosphere of rebellion against an oppressive regime. It still feels like Star Wars, just during a time when the Jedi and the Republic were at their peak. There are adversaries though, and even tragedy.

I’d start with the first one, “Light of the Jedi.” It sets everything up and introduces a lot of new characters.

Link to High Republic thread here:
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/star-wars-the-high-republic-era-publishing-project-was-aka-project-luminous/id/73043

Has nothing to do with the thread but only now with your new avatar I realise your nick is an anagram of Yendor 😄

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Knight of Kalee said:

Rodney-2187 said:

YellowYoda said:

Rodney-2187 said:

Reading the High Republic novels has increased my already high interest in this.

What high republic novels would you suggest?

I’d only recommend the High Republic for anyone interested in an entire new era of Star Wars. It doesn’t have that OT atmosphere of rebellion against an oppressive regime. It still feels like Star Wars, just during a time when the Jedi and the Republic were at their peak. There are adversaries though, and even tragedy.

I’d start with the first one, “Light of the Jedi.” It sets everything up and introduces a lot of new characters.

Link to High Republic thread here:
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/star-wars-the-high-republic-era-publishing-project-was-aka-project-luminous/id/73043

Has nothing to do with the thread but only now with your new avatar I realise your nick is an anagram of Yendor 😄

Thanks for noticing. Thought I was the only one that knew who Yendor was.

I had to google Kalee to learn the significance of your screen name. Maybe there should be a thread for people to discuss their name origins?

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I am excited to see how this intersects with the High Republic material.

I’d love to see live action Buryaga

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ThisIsCreation said:

I am excited to see how this intersects with the High Republic material.

I’d love to see live action Buryaga

Yeah I really liked Burryaga’s arc in Light of the Jedi.

Even if this show is set from the perspective of the dark side, a few cameos or supporting parts played by known characters would be quite welcome.

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I’m most excited for Andor, because I’m a huge Rogue One fan, but after that I’m most looking forward to The Acolyte. Not just because of the High Republic setting, but because it’s described as a mystery-thriller series. That sounds very interesting, and I enjoyed Russian Doll too. Of course when the firs trailer for the Obi-Wan series rolls out, it could upset my ranking. I do love Deborah Chow’s episodes of The Mandalorian.

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I just love the setting of the High Republic. I was always hoping for Old republic material but high republic has filled that gap for me.

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Having appearances from characters from the books would be a little tricky as this series is set at the tail end of the High Republic era, close to 200 years after where the books currently are. Burryaga could work since Wookiees are so long lived but I don’t know that they would want to tie their hands like that. As that would mean you now know he survives up to that time and that would undercut any tension from stories with him in it that precede it.

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