Following the release of the first official trailer for Star Wars: The Acolyte, showrunner Leslye Headland is making the rounds to talk about the show and give some insight into some interesting tidbits behind the scenes.

Starting off the round of interviews, Headland spoke with (hey, how do we get a chance to talk to Leslye Headland?) about the show and the difference between it and George Lucas’ take on Star Wars.

(Center): Mother Aniseya (Jodie Turner-Smith) in Lucasfilm’s THE ACOLYTE, exclusively on Disney+. ©2024 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

The series is a love letter to some of Headland’s favorite martial arts sagas and samurai films, like Come Drink with Me and Yojimbo, with a fighting style crafted after wushu. Headland goes on to discuss her surprise at the ability of actors Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, and Carrie-Anne Moss (along with the stunt team) to do much of the hand-to-hand combat scenes and fights.

Headland revealed that she grew up reading Star Wars adventures in the Extended Universe and that we will see many Easter eggs and things from the EU that we haven’t seen in Star Wars live action yet.

The Acolyte will be the first time fans will get to see the High Republic character Vernestra Rwoh in live action. The character is played by Rebecca Henderson. Headland said her favorite part of the trailer was when Rwoh opened the door with the wave of her hand.

(Center): Vernestra Rwoh (Rebecca Henderson) in Lucasfilm’s THE ACOLYTE, exclusively on Disney+. ©2024 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

Next up on the circuit was Collider. The site asks about the footage from this first trailer and if it was just taken from the first few episode or a little something from every episode.

Collider asks about the scene at the end of the trailer where the Jedi all pull out their lightsabers. He asks if that scene is a one-off in the series or will that be the norm for the Jedi throughout…

I highly recommend checking out both and Collider to read the entire interview to get even more information than what is talked about here. If you are on the fence about watching this show, maybe one of these interviews will sway you one way or the other. In any case, will you be watching Star Wars: The Acolyte? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!


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