The acolyte is one of the many small screen listings for Star Wars on the Disney+ board. Although the expectation of the fans has been mostly aimed at Ahsoka and The Mandalorianthere’s a lot to be excited about in the upcoming series, such as its exploration of the dark side of the Force.
Russian doll co-creator Leslye Headland will serve as showrunner of the series. In addition, The acolyte is described as an action thriller with martial arts elements and is said to be female-centric.
While a release date isn’t set in stone, behind the scenes photos from The acolyte revealed that the Star Wars franchise is beginning pre-production.
Now a more concrete update has appeared.
Acolyte receives a disappointing release update
Bespin Bulletin revealed it The acolyte is set to begin filming in October all the way through May 2023, indicating that a potential 2024 release date can be expected for the series.
In the same report, Bespin Bulletin also unveiled a new series of photos showing the development of an outdoor set being built behind Shinfield Studios in Berkshire, England.
The same outlet previously shared that the Star Wars franchise could debut during the summer of 2023. However, this production delay may have pushed the release date even further.
In relation to this, Nerdist recently noted that The acolyte could be released in either late 2023 or early 2024, confirming this potential timeline.
Why a release date delay benefits Acolyte
An earlier rumor from The Illuminerdi revealed that the original plan was for The acolyte to start filming in the summer of 2022. However, this date was moved, thus landing this production start in October 2022.
With filming expected to last at least eight months (based on reports), an early 2024 release seems likely for The acolyte is plausible, taking into account the timeframe for post-production and expected reshoots.
In many ways, this delay is actually beneficial The acolyte since an early 2024 release window means fans’ attention will be focused solely on the series. As it is now, The Mandalorian Season 3 is expected to release sometime in early 2023 while Ahsoka and Skeleton crew is also ready for premiere during the next financial year.
Given the unique exploration of storylines and themes that The acolyte has to offer combined with its star cast led by Amandla Stenberg and Octopus gameLee Jung-Jae, the upcoming Star Wars series has a golden opportunity to stand out in the same way as the success of Andor have experienced so far.