Disney+ ‘Star Wars: The Acolyte’ Trailer Debuts Live-Action Lightsaber Whip

Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars series, The Acolyte, is set to introduce groundbreaking elements to the franchise with its latest trailer revealing a lightsaber whip and the first live-action Wookiee Jedi. The series, anticipated for its 4 June premiere on Disney+, dives deep into the enigmatic final days of the High Republic era, about a century before the Skywalker saga.

The trailer, titled Plan, showcases an array of exciting new footage, including a first look at the Lightsaber whip in action. This unique weapon belongs to Vernestra Rwoh, a character adored by fans from The High Republic novels and portrayed by Rebecca Henderson in the series. Originally introduced in the novels as a young prodigy, Vernestra is now a seasoned Jedi Master stationed at the temple on Coruscant. Her weapon, a modified purple lightsaber, can transform into a whip, adding a dynamic and visually stunning element to her combat style.

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Additionally, the trailer highlights Kelnacca, a Wookiee Jedi played by Joonas Suotamo, who is known for his role as Chewbacca in the recent Star Wars trilogy. The sight of a Wookiee wielding a green lightsaber and engaging in battle has sparked considerable excitement among fans eager to see more diverse representations of Force users.

Consisting of eight episodes, The Acolyte promises a mystery-thriller vibe, exploring shadowy secrets and the rise of dark-side powers. The series is set to challenge the established norms within the Star Wars universe, questioning the integrity and decisions of the Jedi much like the controversial themes presented in the Prequel Trilogy. This narrative choice aims to delve into the philosophical conflicts and moral ambiguities faced by the Jedi.

Star Wars: The Acolyte

Amandla Stenberg (The Darkest Minds) stars as a formidable former Padawan turned rogue. Alongside Stenberg, the series boasts a stellar cast including Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game), Dafne Keen (Logan), Manny Jacinto (The Good Place), Jodie Turner-Smith (The Last Ship), Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire), Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), Margarita Levieva (Daredevil: Born Again), and Amy Tsang (Kung Fu).

Star Wars: The Acolyte will premiere on Disney+ on 4 June.