It sounds as though the upcoming Star Wars show, The Acolyte is going to be very political, at least, according to its showrunner, Leslye Headland.
It was revealed back at the Disney Investor’s Day presentation that Headland was working on a new Star Wars show called The Acolyte.
This show was said to be set during the final days of the High Republic era and will focus on the emergence of the Dark Side.
I’ve seen many people complain about the fact that this show is going to be political.
They often cite Gina Carano’s firing and say that this upcoming show being political is Disney and Lucasfilm being hypocritical.
However, Headland is right when she said in her quote below that George Lucas made the Star Wars films political.
The Jedi Order is, in itself, a political entity and it would be strange to do a show about the emergence of the Dark Side without it being political in nature.
The Acolyte is going to be a political Star Wars show
Here’s what Headland had to say about the upcoming Star Wars show (via A.V. Club):
I mean, it’s funny, because a lot of the feedback that I’ll get, and I use the term feedback very lightly, but when I do go on social media, the feedback is ‘Don’t make Star Wars political’. I’m like, ‘George Lucas made it political. Those are political films’. War is, by nature, political. That’s just what’s up.
It’s truly what he was interested in talking about and looking at and digging into. So it’s kind of impossible to tell a story within his universe that doesn’t have to do with something that has to be that the characters see externally reflected in whatever’s happening in the galaxy at that particular time period of when it takes place. You know? That’s another thing that we all kind of inherited from him as well, and hope to kind of keep reflecting in the work, hopefully.
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