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Amandla Stenberg Reportedly In Talks To Play Lead Role In ‘The Acolyte’ Disney+ Series

Last month, The Illuminerdi reported that Disney+’s new live-action Star Wars series The Acolyte had delayed production to Summer 2022.  The show was originally slated to begin filming in February.

The Acolyte has been described as a female-driven, action mystery thriller, with martial art elements that will take us into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging Dark Side powers in the final days of the High Republic Era.  The series is said to take place in a different part of the Star Wars timeline than other projects.

Leslye Headland (Russian Doll) is serving as the show’s showrunner.

Not much else has been revealed about the series however The Illuminerdi has now revealed some new information about who might be taking on the lead role.  We already knew that Lucasfilm was looking to cast a woman of color in her late teens to early twenties to reportedly play the lead character “Aura.”  The outlet now claims that according to their sources, Lucasfilm Ltd. is in talks with Amandla Stenberg to take on the lead role in the mysterious new Star Wars Disney Plus series, The Acolyte.

Stenberg’s acting credits include portraying Rue, in the 2012 film adaptation of The Hunger Games, starring in the romantic drama Everything, Everything, The Hate U Give, and the WWII drama Where Hands Touch. Stenberg was most recently seen playing Alana Beck in Stephen Chbosky’s film adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen.

A director has not been attached to the project yet however there were some rumblings that Lucasfilm was eyeing Kevin Smith to direct at least one episode of the series.

A release date for Star Wars: The Acolyte has not been set yet.

Source: The Illuminerdi

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