‘The Acolyte’ trailer brings a Jedi detective story to the ‘Star Wars’ universe

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On Tuesday, StarWars.com released the trailer for the upcoming Disney+ series “The Acolyte.” The mystery series looks to be something a little different for the “Star Wars” universe – a Jedi detective story set in a galaxy far, far away with some high-flying martial arts action. 

“The Acolyte” follows respected a Jedi Master named Sol (Emmy Award-winning “Squid Game” star Lee Jung-jae) and Mae (“Bodies Bodies Bodies” star Amandla Stenberg), his former Padawan who’s grown up to become a dangerous, non-Jedi warrior, as they team up to investigate a crime spree. They uncover sinister secrets about how the world really works. “This isn’t about good or bad,” a character played by Jodie Turner-Smith warns. “This is about power, and who is allowed to use it.” 

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In addition to Lee, Stenberg, and Turner-Smith, the cast includes Manny Jacinto (“The Good Place”), Dafne Keen (“Logan”), Charlie Barnett (“Russian Doll”), Rebecca Henderson (“Russian Doll”), Dean-Charles Chapman (“Game of Thrones”), and Carrie-Anne Moss (“The Matrix”). Joonas Suotamo, who played Chewbacca in the Skywalker trilogy, will be playing a different Wookiee, a Jedi Master named Kelnacca. 

The series is created by Leslye Headland (“Russian Doll”), who writes and directs the first episode and directs the second. Other directors include Kogonada (“After Yang”), Alex Garcia Lopez (“The Witcher”), and Hanelle Culpepper (“Star Trek: Picard”). 

“The Acolyte” is one of two live-action Star Wars series scheduled to premiere in 2024. The other is “Skeleton Crew,” an adventure series starring Jude Law

“The Acolyte” premieres with the first two episodes on June 4.

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