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The Acolyte Showrunner Leslye Headland Talks Star Wars

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  1. SWNN Probe

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    Perhaps one of the most intriguing Star Wars projects coming up is Leslye Headland's The Acolyte, which was announced by Kathleen Kennedy back in December. From Lucasfilm, '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.' Yesterday, The A. V. Club published an interview with Headland, where the showrunner clearly revealed that she's one of the hard-core Star Wars fans, which must be exciting for many people.



    Headland has been a Star Wars fan for most of her life, as she revealed, and she doesn't only worship the movies, but the franchise as a whole, including books, animation and even RPG games. She said:



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    Later in the interview, she said:



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    And she goes deeper than that. She also talked about Ralph McQuarrie, as well as getting back into the fandom after the prequels via YouTube and the conversation it carried for years on Star Wars, both for the good and the bad:



    It is certainly exciting to see that one of us made it and is actually going to make a mystery thriller Star Wars series for Lucasfilm. One can only wonder if these past few years she came across Star Wars News Net or The Resistance Broadcast -- Leslye, if you are reading this, don't leave a comment. That way we'll know. Unfortunately, it seems like Headland is not reading the same comment sections as most of us do, because she only has glowing things to say about the Star Wars fandom on social media:



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    The conversation then shifted towards representation and how important that is to her when making a Star Wars project. Headland gave a beautiful speech about how that is an extremely important factor to her as a ***** woman. She also revealed that the writers' room for The Acolyte is now assembled, and when doing so, they didn't look for an all-women group of writers, or an all-***** room, or anything like that. She just wanted people with different views of the world:



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    The room is so diverse that they even met with a writer who had never seen any of the Star Wars movies, and who didn't even know Luke and Leia were related (spoiler alert). Here's what she said:



    But in a room full of die-hard Star Wars fans, that might actually be refreshing, as she explained:



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    She brought the point home with the following story, which just makes us understand directly how involved she is both with the show and with the franchise as a whole:



    This is really a small sample of a really long, interesting and certainly thought-provoking interview. We encourage you to check it out in its entirety by clicking here.



    The Acolyte is currently in pre-production, and will air on Disney Plus at a yet unknown date. Leslye Headland is the head writer, with Rayne Roberts, Lucasfilm’s Vice President of film development, reportedly co-developing the show as well.



    We will keep you posted as we learn more about the show.

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    Interesting! This article doesn't make me any more excited for the Acolyte, but it does give me a glimpse into Headland's headspace (heh). That's always appreciated, even if I ultimately disagree or even dislike her work. Respect and affection are neither mutually exclusive or inclusive, after all.
     
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    Very cool interview :) I'm looking forward to seeing what a super-fan filmmaker, armed with writers of every degree of SW fan'ness (and not), will come up with for Star Wars. Sounds very interesting to me.
     
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    Really good interview IMHO. I hope the show lives up to it! I feel encouraged that it will be good.

    I loved a lot of what she had to say, but perhaps especially this quote:

    “To me, Star Wars has always been a little bit of a Rorschach test of a piece of art. A lot of times it is what you decide it is.”
     
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