The Acolyte Is Reportedly Releasing This Summer

A new report has surfaced and it seems Disney/ Lucasfilm is set to resume new Star Wars content as The Acolyte will reportedly release this summer. Not only does it end the Star Wars slowdown but The Acolyte gives fans the first look at The High Republic era content.

The Acolyte is said to be a mystery-thriller that will take fans to emerging powers of the dark side. Star Wars fans have long wanted to see Darth Bane in live-action and that could very well be the case as the Sith is around during The High Republic timeframe.

The show’s focus will be on a Jedi Master and Padawan investigating the coming of the dark side of the Force. The High Republic takes place 100 years before the events of Star Wars Episode I, The Phantom Menace.

While fans are clamoring for Darth Bane it should be noted that the main villain could be another fan favorite Darth Plagueis was about 115 when he was killed by Darth Sidious.

Another fan favorite is alive during this era of Star Wars, Jedi Master Yoda. Will he make an appearance? The great Jedi very well could and it should be to the surprise of no one if he does.

Early reports from insiders (not affiliated) with Disney/ Lucasfilm suggest that The Acolyte is very solid and promising. They say it is as good as Andor which is the best Disney/Lucasfilm streaming show to date. So for insiders to say The Acolyte is as solid as Andor should not be ignored.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 30: Diego Luna attends the Emmy FYC screening for Andor at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles, California on April 30, 2023. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

It was somewhat surprising when news broke The Acolyte would release this summer as many thought it would be in later 2024. Will it live up to early hype the way Andor lived up to its early hype? That remains to be seen.

Just Pursue It

This is NOT to toot my own horn, this is to encourage you to try something.


I have been writing for some years now. When I started it was to get thoughts swirling in my head out. Then came offers, SideLion Report, The Octopus Thrower, and GBM Wolverines from FanSided. I took positions and did so on a short-term basis. To learn how others ran their sites and to learn from great editors. Then I moved to Inside The Rink which was the next step and very helpful.

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Being asked by The Undrafted News to cover the Columbus Blue Jackets with media credentials from the press box has been incredible and helpful also it has been a blessing to be able to talk with other sports journalists and learn from them.

Now I will be covering both the Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings for The Undrafted News. So why am I telling you this? Why should you believe I am not tooting my own horn?

I am telling you this because I believe everyone has special gifts and talents that not everyone has. I also strongly believe that many do not work and put effort into growing and refining the talents they have.

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I can tell you that the more effort you put in, the more doors will open for you. If you are miserable in your job and/or life, perhaps it is because you were designed to do something different.

Even when you do not feel like practicing, do it anyway. Over and over and keep chipping away at it. Once you feel somewhat confident look for areas you want to try. Then take the step, do not listen to anyone else including yourself. Let go and do it.

There is profound freedom in going down another path. I am trying to get out of “Corporate America,” I have taken steps and am currently on a trajectory to do that. When? Whenever God opens that door, which could be very soon.

Get out of your head and comfort zone start the work and trust the process.

What Is Going On With The Mandalorian Season 4

Much like the on Rey: New Jedi Order movie, off New Jedi Order movie, on again New Jedi Order movie, The Mandalorian is seeing a pattern that is similar. The Mandalorian Season 4 was said to be six episodes with Jon Favreau’s Mandalorian movie being the season finale. It is now being circulated that The Mandalorian is moving to the big screen a move that could be permanent.
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 01: Actor/writer/director Jon Favreau is photographed for Variety Magazine on December 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. PUBLISHED IMAGE. (Photo by Dan Doperalski/Variety via Contour RA by Getty Images)

The plan was seemingly solid, a six episode Season 4 with a movie to help push the story ahead. Then it was said that Jon Favreau’s Mando-verse movie would come out first pushing Season 4 back coupled with the fact Dave Filoni is also going to make a Mandalorian film. Scripts had already been written before the writers strike of 2023. A time in which Disney took to reevaluate future Star Wars projects.

Needing to get Star Wars back into theaters it seems Disney will use Favreau’s film with the widely popular Star Wars characters Din Djarin (The Mandalorian) and Grogu and hope it is enough to get back in the Star Wars fan base’s good grace’s given the lackluster films Disney/ Lucasfilm has put up with the exception of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Also known is Dave Filoni is co-writing The Mandalorian and Grogu film with Favreau. With the movie taking precedence over the next Season it feels like this could be permanent if the film find traction at the box office. If that happens Season 4 as formatted for T.V. would never happen and The Mandalorian will be exclusively released in theaters.

WINTERHAVEN, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 15: Star Wars Mandalorian cosplayer Trevor Newton as Din Djarin poses for photos at Buttercup Sand Dunes on January 15, 2022 in Winterhaven, California. Buttercup San Dunes was the location of several iconic scenes filmed for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

Is it a gamble for Disney/ Lucasfilm? Yes, anytime to take a successful commodity and essentially rebrand or reformat there is risk involved. But, the group involved feel by rolling the dice they could hit paydirt.

This is a time for Disney/ Lucasfilm to show they can make good Star Wars movies and gain back some fans who will surely show up if for no other reason they are hooked on The Mandalorian.

The Star Wars Rey’s New Jedi Order movie has been shuffled

Back at the 2023 Star Wars Celebration, Rey was said to be getting her own movie that could pave the way to more. A new Jedi Order, now it seems with the announcement of a Jon Favreau directed Mandalorian movie that is set to being filming soon the Rey movie has either gotten lost in the mixed or is being reshuffled to a later date.

Before The Mandalorian film had been made public, actress Daisy Ridley had said back in November she had not seen a script for the Rey New Jedi Order film. That seemed odd because at Celebration her movie was touted as the next film to be made. One insider with a lot of information said that the Rey movie has not even been written yet.

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The informant went on to say that does not mean it’s not going to happen, just nothing has happened to this point. That could be because with another Mandalorian film this one being directed by Dave Filoni has characters like Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren and others who could be part of The New Jedi Order if that is the way Favreau and Filoni want to go.

When the Rey film was announced it was met with lukewarm response from the fan base. Disney/ Lucasfilm is attempting to get back in the good grace’s of the fans and could be taking a slightly safer path by releasing the widely popular Mandalorian film first. That remains to be seen.

CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 14: Director/executive producer Dave Filoni (L) and Writer/executive producer Jon Favreau attend “The Mandalorian” panel at the Star Wars Celebration at McCormick Place Convention Center on April 14, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/WireImage for Disney)

It has been revealed The Mandalorian film will be the finale of Season 4, the rest will be released in six episodes. This is an interesting time for Star Wars,  Favreau and Filoni, as they push Star Wars in a new direction while linking it to all other areas.

Dave Filoni also stated that they will use all aspects including things that are not cannon if it helps and paints a bigger picture.

The Mandalorian is coming to theaters

The Mandalorian and Grogu are coming to the big screen! You may recall, I posted about if Season 4 would be a movie. We now have word and it will not be Season 4, not entirely but it will tie in, let’s just dive in and piece it together. After all this could help Disney/ Lucasfilm gain trust with the Star Wars fan base.

Season 4 of the widely popular Mandalorian show is said to be six episodes, as in they will be streamed on Disney+. It is now said that finale will be The Mandalorian movie directed by Jon Favreau who is writing the film with Dave Filoni.

Meanwhile, Ashoka Season 2 has been green lighted and Dave Filoni will also be directing a Mandoverse movie that will release after Ashoka’s second season. This is fueling speculation that a Mandalorian trilogy will be born out of Favreau’s movie and Filoni’s movie.

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Fans wonder (for good reason) if this will lead to Heir of the Empire-(Thrawn trilogy), the widely popular books from author Timothy Zahn. Some say it could be a loose version of the story Zahn wrote and it has been reported Zahn and Filoni have been working together.

For Star Wars, the fan base has been less than thrilled with the Disney lead movie projects except for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” By allowing Favreau space to do his own movie and Filoni space to do his own movie this is a positive step forward.

Two people who created The Mandalorian and began to restore faith in the fan base have the ability to further unite the fans by putting out solid movie content as they have done on the show.

While some fans will be hesitant to return to theaters this is actually good strategy by Disney/ Lucasfilm, to take something that has brought fans back to Star Wars and bring it to the theaters.

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Dave Filoni, Jon Favreau

Fans need to be reminded Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are the right two to be able to pull this off. Let’s hope the Force is with them.

The Mandalorian Season 4, a movie?

It will be a movie. It will not be a movie. The day-to-day rumor mill concerning Disney +’s The Mandalorian Season 4 is enough to make you sit back and take a swig of blue milk. As it stands right now the movie rumor seems a bit more far fetched but not completely. Let’s dive in.


STAR WARS REBELS – Executive Producer Dave Filoni, Steve Blum, Taylor Gray, Tiya Sircar, Freddie Prinze Jr, and Vanessa Marshall from “Star Wars Rebels” attend Star Wars Celebration in Orlando on Saturday, April 15, 2017. (Todd Anderson/Disney XD via Getty Images)

During Star Wars Celebration 2023, Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy said there was going to be a Mandalorian crossover movie directed by Dave Filoni, the man who heads up both The Mandalorian and Ahsoka.

Why a movie makes sense: Season 3 of The Mandalorian was met with some fan backlash. Even though the season was pretty much all filler material.  A Mandalorian Season 4 movie would bring fans out as Star Wars fans forgive easily until the next failure.

Why a movie does not make sense: First and foremost there has been zero statement from Lucasfilm Season 4 would be a movie. Even though one is coming. Disney and Lucasfilm are in damage control. To mess with a winning formula might not be the wisest at this time. As The Mandalorian Season 3 was the most streamed show.

WINTERHAVEN, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Star Wars cosplayer Shawn Richter as Din Djarin poses for photos at Buttercup Sand Dunes on February 21, 2021 in Winterhaven, California. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

Conclusion: While a Mando-Verse movie will be made, I do not believe Season 4 will be that movie. The smarter thought is if Filoni connects The Mandalorian, Ashoka, The Book of Boba Fett and perhaps a splash of The Bad Batch to further push the story forward.

This only an opinion, but with nobody in power saying Season 4 will be a movie perhaps silence is golden.

Why Penn Pershing should have his own contingency plan in Star Wars

If you are a fan of The Mandalorian or just a Star Wars fan then you know how important a character like Penn Pershing is to the over all story. Pershing is a, or make that the Clone Engineer who wants to study Grogu. Working for Moff Gideon, Pershing injected Grogu’s blood into volunteers who then died as a result.
LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 13: Omid Abtahi arrives for the Premiere Of Disney+’s “The Mandalorian” held at El Capitan Theatre on November 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

Dr. Penn Pershing is a scientist first and foremost. He simply wanted to study Grogu, but Moff Gideon wanted much more. Remember, this is leading up to how Emperor Palpatine was able to come back by using a clone body while the entity of Palpatine enter the clone.

With all things Star Wars Pershing’s motives are fine, he wanted to clone people due to his mother passing away. The Dr. would be recruited by the Galactic Empire or the remnant of the Empire.

A man wearing a costume of the StarWars protagonist Din Djarin poses in front of a giant replica of the Razor Crest, a gunship from the StarWars spinoff series “The Mandalorian” used by the hit TV show’s mysterious bounty hunter to roam the galaxy’s outer reaches, in a park of the eastern Siberian city of Yakutsk on March 14, 2021. (Photo by Evgeniy SOFRONEYEV / AFP) (Photo by EVGENIY SOFRONEYEV/AFP via Getty Images)

Pershing seems conflicted with what Moff Gideon’s motives are as he simple wants to clone people so they can live on. But the Empire inflicts strong holds over subjects when they want/need something. Gideon is trying to bring Palpatine back so that the Galactic Empire can rise again.

What if Pershing was not fully onboard with what was being asked of his work, created a counter plan that would end Gideon’s plans before they could gain traction? What if Pershing created The Bad Batch as means to destroy Gideon’s work?

Think back to Season 2 of The Bad Batch, when Dr. Emerie Karr who had the same uniform patch as Pershing helped Crosshair and his medical needs. While The Mandalorian and The Bad Batch are set at different points, they connect.

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Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy (President, Lucasfilm)

Pershing would give Gideon what was being asked of him, then The Bad Batch would take out Gideon before his plan could be executed. This would make Pershing a strong character in the Star Wars universe.

The sequel trilogy showed that Palpatine was indeed cloned so yes it did happen, but to have a counted contingency plan that would hinder Palpatine’s contingency plan would be great story telling.

Star Wars: The Art of The Rise of Skywalker



There were issues with the filming of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, creative differences lead to Colin Trevorrow being replaced by Star Wars: The Force Awakens writer/ director JJ Abrams. This is what separates The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker from the other Art of Star Wars books. The first half of the book includes art from Trevorrow’s vision and switches to JJ Abrams vision.

The Art of Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker
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Artist: Andree Wallin

There is a lot of art in The Art of The Rise of Skywalker that did not find it’s way into the final film. That is what gives the book a really cool feel, yet leaves on scratching their head wondering why it did not.

Colin Trevorrow had art that feels really cool and that it should have made it’s way into the final product even though JJ Abrams took over the project. Abrams art was pretty cut and dry as to most of it did end up in the film.

The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
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Artist: Glyn Dillon

But, together the art could have served to bring a more interesting movie to life. Trevorrow’s half of The Art of The Rise of Skywalker was bright yet character’s seem darker so that is an interesting aspect. While once the book sifts to Abrams half the art has a darker tone which played out on screen.

While this is not my favorite Art of Star Wars books it is the one I find most fascinating and the one I go back to most often for the sheer shift in directors and movie feel.

The Art of Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker
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Artist: James Clyne

For that reason alone I would say it is worth investing in this Star Wars art book. Again I am not focusing on the movie, people either loved it or hated it that is the fact. I am most interested in the art side and this book is worth the cost.

Star Wars: The Art of The Last Jedi



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The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I need to put this out there, The Star Wars Sequel Trilogy has the best cinematography of all the Star Wars films and trilogies. The Last Jedi’s cinematography is nearly breathtaking. But it is also that way in The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker.

Going through The Art of The Last Jedi again and either it was intentional or coincidence that the art inside the book offered a look at some future cinematography. This is hands down my favorite Art of Star Wars book.

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Artist: Kevin Jenkins

Another aspect of The Art of The Last Jedi is some of the art that was not used in the film, did show up in The Rise of Skywalker theatrical release. We will explore that when I look at Star Wars: The Art of The Rise of Skywalker soon.

The Art of The Last Jedi, offers many works that are heavy in red tones as was a theme in the finished film. Using an even balance of lighter and darker tone art, this Art of Star Wars book is nearly as flawless as the cinematography in the film.

There is actually a lot of art that made the final cut unlike other Art of Star Wars books. As noted, some art that did not make the final cut ended up in The Rise of Skywalker, the art in this book is that good they did not toss it away completely.

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Artist: Matthew Savage

Character art seems to show various stages of both the artists work and then after talking to the director a shift in thought, which is really cool to look at. I can not stress enough, no matter what you think of the sequel trilogy The Art of The Last Jedi for the sheer sake of just art is an absolute must have.

Up next, The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Art of The Force Awakens
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Artist: Brett Northcut

The Force Awakens brought Star Wars back to the big screen as it kicked off the sequel trilogy. It also marked the first Art of Star Wars books with The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which also was my first Star Wars art of book. While diving into the film itself is not on the docket, what is, is the art.

The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is heavy on earth tones. Lots of brown’s, gray’s, beige really set the tone, while there are other colors such as red and orange it is the earth tones that override this art book. That is in no way a bad thing as much as an observation.

The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Artist: Ivan Manzella

The Force Awakens Art of book is actually very vehicle heavy with less character art, which again is fine. There are characters but ships tend to stand out.

Looking at this book for the first time in a while was refreshing as was watching the film. I like to really dig into the artwork and then watch the film or streaming show to see how the art translated. In the case of The Force Awakens the film was much more beige than I remembered and more so than the art in the book.

Yet it is the early concepts that really evolved from the drawing table to finished product. The book offers vehicle’s and characters that started off looking one way and ended up totally different which is the allure of The Art of Star Wars books if you are into both films/ shows and art.

The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Artist: Gyln Dillon

The newness of, at the time a brand new Star Wars trilogy was met head on by the Lucasfilm art department who as illustrated in the book saw artist visions change into something else at end product.

No matter how you feel about The Force Awakens or the sequel trilogy for that matter, The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is worth checking out.


Next up, The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi