The Acolyte Showrunner Talks ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’ Affect

July 4, 2021
The Acolyte Showrunner Talks 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace' Influence
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The Acolyte comes from Russian Doll scribe Leslye Headland.


The Acolyte showrunner Leslye Headland mentioned the impression Star Wars: The Phantom Menace had on her profession.

Leslye Headland is presently growing The Acolyte for Disney Plus, a Star Wars sequence within the ultimate days of the Excessive Republic. Particulars are comparatively slim on the sequence, but it surely’s set to be one among many Star Wars live-action sequence that Disney has commissioned following the success of The Mandalorian.

Greatest identified for creating the Netflix sci-fi comedy sequence Russian Doll, Headland revealed in an interview with The Wrap that she’s at all times been a Star Wars fan. In actual fact, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace seems to have had a profound impression on the trajectory of her profession.

“The rationale it did enchantment to me personally is that I used to be 18 when ‘Phantom Menace’ got here out, and I used to be a really, very large ‘Star Wars’ fan. I stay a giant ‘Star Wars’ fan, however at that individual time, proper after the re-releases and the truth that I used to be in highschool, it simply sort of all coincided at a time the place I used to be discovering who I used to be sexually, I used to be discovering who I used to be artistically, I used to be sort of realizing what I needed to do with my life. After which this large, big film occasion, cultural occasion occurred that was ‘The Phantom Menace.’”

Regardless of the lower than ideally suited reception that Star Wars: The Phantom Menace had, Headland mentioned how fascinating it was that George Lucas technically began the sequence at that time, with Anakin being so younger and the Jedi thriving however nonetheless dealing with battle.

“I do know there have been various reactions to it. And positively there have been lots of people that had grown up with the unique trilogy who had been upset by it. However I truly was very intrigued by why George Lucas had began us at that individual level.”

Headland’s The Acolyte is ready round 200 years earlier than The Phantom Menace, in a time that was notably peaceable. And whereas she doesn’t explicitly point out it, she does talk about how fascinating it could be to discover what occurred within the universe earlier than Lucas began The Phantom Menace. It’s totally doable that The Acolyte might immediately lead (or tease) into The Phantom Menace.

“I sort of puzzled, however what occurred to guide as much as this? That’s sort of the place my ‘Star Wars’ fan mind went was like, ‘How did we get right here?’ And why are the Jedi like this? When they’re in energy, why are they appearing this manner and the way is it that they’re not having the response that you’d suppose they’d to Anakin’s presence and what Qui-Gon Jinn is saying about how passionately he feels about coaching him and bringing him into the fold. It’s like, even the invention of Darth Maul is sort of met with this like, ‘Hm, fascinating’ sort of feeling. So I simply suppose for me, my mind has at all times buzzed round that space and puzzled what’s happening right here — or what has been happening right here.”

Are you excited to see The Acolyte? Remark beneath and tell us!

The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, and Carl Weathers with Rosario Dawson rumored to be enjoying Ahsoka Tano and Timothy Olyphant as Cobb Vanth. The upcoming sequence is ready to be directed by sequence creator Jon Favreau, govt producer Dave Filoni, alongside fellow season one administrators Rick Famuyiwa and Bryce Dallas Howard. Ant-Man director Peyton Reed will even helm at the least one episode as will star Carl Weathers and Sin Metropolis director Robert Rodriguez.

The Mandalorian season two episodes premiere each Friday on Disney Plus. Keep tuned for all the most recent information on Star Wars: The Acolyte and you’ll want to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for extra unique video content material.

Supply: The Wrap

Aahil Dayani

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