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The Acolyte: Will Loki’s Kate Herron Direct?

A report says the MCU director will helm The Acolyte….

So much for a slow news day. Today we’re hearing news from a couple of well-sourced outlets about the upcoming Disney+ Star Wars series, The Acolyte. And the deets are pretty exciting.

First, Bespin Bulletin posted an exclusive, reporting:

Image: Shinfield Studios

The Acolyte is in pre-production and will film at the newly constructed, Shinfield Studios. Shinfield Studios currently has four operational sound stages and will have eighteen by 2024, and it had previously been confirmed that Disney would be a client on the new studio.

Next, and working off Bespin Bulletin’s news, MakingStarWars.net added:

Kate Herron on the set of Loki. Image: Disney+.

Two different sources, one UK based and one in SoCal mentioned that Kate Herron is supposedly involved (or approached at least). Herron executive produced and directed Marvel’s Loki to critical acclaim. On paper she sounds like a good fit to direct show-runner Leslye Headland’s Star Wars series…It may be worthy of note that Herron is a British director and the series will film in Reading.

With Andor coming to fruition in August, it is time to start looking ahead.

Showrunner Leslye Headland

Of The Acolyte, StarWars.com first posted:

Leslye Headland. Image: ComingSoon.net.

Leslye Headland, Emmy Award-nominated creator of the mind-bending series Russian Doll, brings a new Star Wars series to Disney+ with The Acolyte. The Acolyte is a mystery-thriller that will take the audience into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.

With Amandla Stenberg (The Hate You Give) rumored as the lead, the release date remains undetermined (but “penciled in ” for 2023).

Will Herron Helm the Entire Series?

Moreover, discussing the two exclusives, The Direct also noted:

Deborah Chow directed Obi-Wan Kenobi. Image: Disney+.

Herron has already proven herself capable of handling an entire series through her work on Marvel Studios’ Loki. This would lend credence to the possibility of Herron following in Chow’s footsteps, though the episode count for The Acolyte’s first season may significantly exceed that of the typical limited Disney+ series. Should the season be as long as those of The Mandalorian or Andor, there may be too much work involved for one director to corral.

Of course, the above makes sense. But whether Herron takes the reigns for the entire series or whether she is one of several directors, it’s good to hear more about this mysterious new show. And having Herron, who did an amazing job with Loki, attached to the project is very promising.

Meanwhile, today’s news remains rumors until we hear it from Lucasfilm/Disney. So, keep it here for all the latest on The Acolyte.

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A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern University, John Bishop, became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com before the Boston Bruins 2006-07 NHL hockey season. While with the Black & Gold, “^BISH” traveled North America and Europe to cover the team's every move via laptop, blog, and smartphone. The co-author of two books, "Bygone Boston" and "Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins," John also covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the Bs 2011 Stanley Cup championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea, and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke, in central Massachusetts.

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