May 29, 2024
by Bespin Bulletin

We’re just a week away from the release of the next Star Wars live-action Disney+ series, The Acolyte, and promotion for the High Republic era series is now in full swing.

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One of the earliest rumours about the series was that the series lead, Amandla Stenberg, was playing twins. As images and trailers began releasing, Stenberg was only mentioned to be playing one character, Mae, a darkside user who is hunting down and killing Jedi. Mae is the only character Lucasfilm and Disney would mention or show for months. But that was until more recently when another character Stenberg plays appeared in a TV spot a couple of weeks ago, a character named Osha. The rumours and theories of Stenberg playing twins hit boiling point and now it seems as if Lucasfilm are leaning into the fact that Stenberg does play twins in The Acolyte as she’s now mentioned it in a couple of interviews including one with The Electric Playground. When speaking with The EPN, Stenberg said:

I play twins in the show. Their names are Osha and Mae and they kind of skew towards different sides of the force. Although that’s kind of up for debate and hopefully there’ll be one, once everybody gets to see the show. Mae is on a path for revenge – she’s on a warpath. Something that happened in their childhood separated these twins and now Mae is out for revenge. Osha, who is a mechanic, and who used to be a part of the Jedi order, but left as a padawan, is accused of the revenge that’s taking place and has to defend herself while also discovering that her twin sister is still alive.”

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Alongside Stenberg for this interview, and many others, is Manny Jacinto, who plays the character of Qimir in The Acolyte. Qimir has been seen conversing with Stenberg’s Mae in trailers, sculling around, and all around just being a bit of a mysterious boy. But due to rumours of the Jacinto playing “two versions of the same character”, some fans are hoping and are of the belief that Qimir is actually a Sith Lord in the series. When speaking about his character, Jacinto said:

Qimir is a former smuggler, trader. He is definitely more of a selfish character, doesn’t really abide by the rules per say, he’s also from the viewpoint of who can he take advantage of, whether it be appeasing the Jedi to try and get his way or to help Mae and her master to accomplish their mission. It’s very much for him all about survival. He’s not really abiding by the light side or the dark side really.”

Manny Jacinto also revealed in the interview that Qimir does not have the Force and that the character relies on his wit and mind in The Acolyte to survive in situations where he’s pitted up against the Jedi and characters that are a lot stronger than he is. This might dampen the spirits of the group of fans hoping that Qimir is actually the mask wearing, red lightsaber wielding master of Mae in The Acolyte. But Jacinto did also saying something else that could be interesting.

When Stenberg and Jacinto were asked what fellow Star Wars actors they were looking forward to meeting someday, they both delved into the prequels cast. Stenberg gleefully mentioned Hayden Christensen, before adding Natalie Portman and Samuel L. Jackson. Jacinto only mentioned Christensen, but his reasoning was interesting. Jacinto said, “I’d love to be able to meet the guy behind the mask. Hayden Christensen because he kind of paved the way and definitely inspired me for sure. To take up the mantle of being in the Star Wars universe and continue to the Canadian tradition.

So those fans hoping that Qimir is the mysterious Sith we’ve seen in the trailers may have had their hopes dashed and rebuilt all in a single interview with Jacinto claiming that his character cannot use the Force. But his words of choice when speaking about Hayden Christensen may have given them hope that Qimir, just like Anakin Skywalker, is the man behind the mask. But maybe it’s also copium.

Set during the High Republic era, The Acolyte, will follow an investigation into a shocking crime spree pits a respected Jedi Master (Lee Jung-jae) against a dangerous warrior from his past (Amandla Stenberg). As more clues emerge, they travel down a dark path where sinister forces reveal all is not what it seems.

The Acolyte stars Amandla Stenberg (Bodies, Bodies, Bodies) as the lead, as well as Lee Jung Jae (Squid Game), Dafne Keen (His Dark Materials), Manny Jacinto (The Good Place), Jodie Turner-Smith (After Yang), Charlie Bennett (Russian Doll), Rebecca Henderson (Inventing Anna), Dean Charles Chapman (1917), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) and Margarita Levieva (Daredevil: Born Again).

The Acolyte premieres on Disney+ on June 4th with TWO episodes.

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