LucasFilm’s Star Wars series The Acolyte to shoot at new Shinfield Studios for Disney+

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Amandla StenbergThe Acolyte, a major new Star Wars spin-off series for Disney+,  is due to film from November at the shiny new Shinfield Studios near Reading. 

It had been previously confirmed that Disney would be the first production company to use the new facility, but it had not been clarified which project it would be.

The Star Wars official social media accounts recently confirmed that Amandla Stenberg (pictured) is to star in the series, now in pre-production, which comes from writer/exec producer/showrunner Leslye Headland. 

When Disney+ announced the show’s commission eighteen months ago, it was described as being a mystery-thriller set in the last days of the High Republic era. 

Headland, best known for her work on Russian Doll and Single Drunk Female, told Vanity Fair in an interview earlier this year: “The way I would explain the High Republic, and specifically where my show takes place, is that I'm about 100 years before The Phantom Menace. So, a lot of those characters haven't even been born yet.”

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Amandla Stenberg photo via Steve Granitz/Getty Images. 

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