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The Acolyte: Made for Amandla

August 9, 2022John Bishop

Headland and Co. built the Disney+ show around Stenberg….

There’s no way I would have found this article otherwise, so I am thrilled that The Direct signal boosted The Face’s piece, “Amandla Stenberg: from child stardom to hot girl horror.”

a. I like the writing on the site.

b. I really like the article on Stenberg.

In it, Amandla, the Bodies Bodies Bodies star, who rose to a Star Wars lead from The Hunger Games, talks about her already amazing life and career.

However, for our purposes, The Acolyte explanation is prescient.

Don’t Rue the Day

Her inclusion in the planning for The Acolyte remains a big deal for Stenberg, seen in The Direct article taking a photo with R2-D2 (and notably wearing a Darth Maul t-shirt).

The Direct noted:

Image: Variety

Speaking to The Face, The Acolyte actor Amandla Stenberg revealed that Lucasfilm had them specifically in mind for the show’s lead and built the show around her before she had even signed on:

“The Lucasfilm team came to me with this project which was fully conceptualized with me in mind, and I was astounded,”

The young actor went on to share her incredible excitement for the opportunity to join the Star Wars galaxy:

I get to read, watch and breathe Star Wars. It’s my job to get lost in it, I’m so lucky. My plans were interrupted by a very different life path, but one that I think is going to be a huge blessing.”

Image: TheFace.com

Also interesting to this reader was The Face mentioning, “She’s already picked up kung-fu lessons as part of her preparation for the role, and is plotting a move to the UK, where the series will be shot.”

The Face also reminded fans of the Vanity Fair article from earlier this year, where Leslye Headland spoke about her story motivations behind the upcoming The Acolyte series.

To wit, Anthony Breznican wrote:


Headland describes The Acolyte as a mystery thriller set in a prosperous and seemingly peaceful era, when the galaxy is still sleek and glistening. “We actually use the term the Renaissance, or the Age of Enlightenment,” she says. Jedis were not always ascetic monklike figures living selflessly and bravely. “The Jedi uniforms are gold and white, and it’s almost like they would never get dirty. They would never be out and about,” Headland says. “The idea is that they could have these types of uniforms because that’s how little they’re getting into skirmishes.”

The Perfect Choice


One wonders if, as an acolyte, the Bodies Bodies Bodies star might be the perfect foil for some stodgy Jedi. Or, perhaps, Stenberg is the impetus for the titular “Acolyte” (a la Padme to Anakin). Moreover, I read somewhere (I’ve been reading a long time) that the original reason Palpatine turned to the Dark Side was unrequited love.

Who knows? There’s even a set of juicy rumors compiled by Bespin Bulletin.

However, I can wait for Headland and Stenberg to flesh out the story of The Acolyte.

My only expectation is that it will be great.

John Bishop

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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