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The Acolyte Showrunner Cites The Phantom Menace as a Creative Influence for the Series

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  1. SWNN Probe

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    Leslye Headland, the showrunner behind the upcoming Disney Plus series Star Wars: The Acolyte, has cited 1999's The Phantom Menace as a creative influence for her series, which is set several decades before the movie. Looking at the subplot with Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, and their interactions with the Trade Federation, it may not be difficult to see why.





    In an interview with The Wrap, Headland explained that The Acolyte, which is effectively a prequel to the Star Wars prequel trilogy, will be influenced by a film that is not only aesthetically important to the story that she's telling, but is a film that arrived at a significant moment in her own life:



    From a narrative perspective, taking influence from The Phantom Menace only makes sense - the Jedi Order has become complacent and is beginning to show signs of losing sight of what they are truly supposed to be, in favor of acting as dogmatic law enforcement blissfully unaware of the growing evil just out of sight. Because of this, threats from the dark side of the Force were able to flourish with their enemies none-the-wiser. The Acolyte is described as a mystery-thriller set in the final days of the High Republic era, implicitly leading into the Fall of the Republic marked by the fragmenting of the chief governing body of the galaxy far, far away, and Darth Sidious's ascendancy to power.



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    Headland has previously stated that LGBTQ representation is important to her and that she wants to include it in her series, which she touches upon in the full interview. Star Wars has included LGBTQ characters in literature from recent years, but the only significant, explicitly-confirmed onscreen representation was a brief kiss between two minor characters at the end of The Rise of Skywalker.



    The Acolyte is in active development at Lucasfilm for the Disney Plus streaming service for an unspecified release date, with current word being that the series will start filming in the United Kingdom starting in February 2022. Lucasfilm's slate of other Star Wars shows includes the likes of Visions, The Book of Boba FettAndor, Obi-Wan KenobiAhsoka, Lando, A Droid Story, and The Mandalorian, which is preparing a third season, along with The Bad Batch, which is currently airing. One previously-announced projectRangers of the New Republic, is currently not in active development.



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  2. Angelman

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    Very interesting. I am very much looking forward to this one; the potential here is enormous! :)
     
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    As one of the few who loved The Phantom Menace, thought the ST Jedi were as bad as the Sith, and thought Palpatine's manipulation of politics was fascinating, YES!

    This is the series I've been waiting for and didn't even know it.
     
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    And you, young _ HEADLAND _ - we will watch your career (and upcoming TV show) with great interest.
     
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    A whole generation of fans love TPM, it seems to be mainly people who grew up with the OT that dislike the prequels, which is understandable.
     
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    Meh. I was sort of stoked by the announcement originally. But have been put off the more I read about her

    https://www.advocate.com/film/2021/...eadland-brings-*****-lens-star-wars-franchise

    Seems as if she wants to turn the show into her own personal soap box. And the SW characters whom she seems to be fond of are not the type of characters I gravitate to. So I'll tune if I hear something good from critics/fans I respect. Otherwise I'll just keep waiting for news of Rian Johnson's films.
     
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    If you put your agenda before the story it always fails... hoping this is not the case... too many failed Star Wars tales don't need another one...
     
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    Don't lump all OT people in the the group of those not liking TPM. ;)
     
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    Thats why I said mainly
     
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