Rebecca Henderson Joins Cast of ‘The Acolyte’


With Star Wars Celebration in London day two well underway, there have been several outstanding announcements from the weekend thus far. Saturday’s announcements have included additional cast details for the upcoming Star Wars: Ahsoka series, Return of the Jedi returning to theaters for a limited time this April, and now a new High Republic casting for The Acolyte.

Rebecca Henderson is bringing Vernestra Rwoh to the screen after becoming a fan favorite in the High Republic novel publications. Vernestra first appeared in Charles Soule’s Light of the Jedi. 

Vernestra is a Mirilan Jedi, known for being one of the youngest Jedi Knights of the generation, having passed her trials at 15 years old. She plays a crucial role in the novels and is at least mentioned, if not making a full appearance, in every Phase I release.

The cast also includes Jodie Turner-Smith, Lee Jung-Jae, Amandla Stenberg, Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Rebecca Henderson and Carrie-Anne Moss.

This news comes just a day after the release year for the series was confirmed, putting the expected timeframe as sometime in 2024.

Originally announced during Disney’s 2020 Investor Day event, very little information has been revealed about the series, which will be brought to the screen by Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland. While plot details are still a well-kept secret, we do know that The Acolyte will take place during the final days of the High Republic era. The High Republic, which was the golden age of the Jedi, began around 200 years prior to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

Stay tuned with Nerds & Beyond for updates.

Hannah’s a lifelong nerd, but has been with the team since May 2021. Her life is easily classified by two abbreviations - BBG3 and ABG3 (before Baldur’s Gate 3 and after Baldur’s Gate 3). Especially nerdy about: video games, folklore, Star Wars, D&D, Spider-Man, and horror (all of it). Based in Denver, CO.

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