‘Star Wars’ Marks ‘May the Fourth’ With New Trailer for ‘The Acolyte’

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Disney+ series premieres June 4 with two episodes

May 4th annually marks “May the Fourth” in the Star Wars community, and on Saturday the space franchise celebrated the occasion with a new trailer for the upcoming Disney+ series The Acolyte.

As previous previews have hinted, The Acolyte centers on a conspiracy to kill the Jedi in events that take place over a century before the saga’s Episode I: The Phantom Menace, making it chronologically the oldest project in Star Wars’ live-action universe.

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“In The Acolyte, an investigation into a shocking crime spree pits a respected Jedi Master (Lee Jung-jae) against a dangerous warrior from his past (Amandla Stenberg),” the synopsis states. “As more clues emerge, they travel down a dark path where sinister forces reveal all is not what it seems…”

Along with Stenberg and Squid Game’s Lee, The Acolyte cast also includes Jodie Turner-Smith, Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Charlie Barnett, Rebecca Henderson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Joonas Suotamo (who now plays Chewbacca in the franchise but will portray a different Wookie in The Acolyte), and Carrie-Anne Moss. 


The show was created by Russian Doll‘s Leslye Headland, who also directed the first two episodes of the eight-episode series; those two episodes will premiere on Disney+ one month from today on June 4.

The Acolyte is one of two new live-action Star Wars series expected to arrive in 2024, along with Skeleton Crew, which has been described as a coming-of-age story about four children lost in the galaxy. The series is set to star Jude Law, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Kerry Condon, and Tunde Adebimpe. A feature-length, multiplex-bound The Mandalorian & Grogu, based on the Disney+ series, is due out in 2025.