A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away—or rather, about ten years ago on Earth—Disney drew a distinct line in the sand for the Star Wars universe. The company declared that the movies and TV shows were official canon, while a vast trove of comics, books, and games belonged to the nebulous Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU). For many fans, it felt like “millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced,” to quote Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, the tides of the Force are shifting once again.

Enter “The Acolyte,” an upcoming prequel series on Disney+ set to launch on June 4. According to a recent interview with showrunner Leslye Headland in The Hollywood Reporter, this series is poised to merge elements of the beloved EU with the canonical Star Wars narrative. Set a full century before any of the previously told Star Wars stories, “The Acolyte” offers fertile ground for blending these two universes.

“There’s a lot of stuff from the EU that I got to utilize. Nobody stopped me, so I did it,” Headland revealed with a laugh. For fans, this means the inclusion of familiar species and Easter eggs that will make even the most die-hard devotees cheer. The show will sprinkle Easter eggs for fans of the Original Trilogy, the Prequels, and “The Clone Wars,” while also drawing upon various narrative elements from the EU. It’s a smorgasbord of Star Wars lore that promises to be both accessible to newcomers and deeply rewarding for longtime fans.

One highlight is the live-action debut of Vernestra Rwoh. This character, previously confined to Star Wars novels and comics, will finally step into the spotlight, portrayed by actress Rebecca Henderson. It’s another sign of the show’s commitment to blending established canon with the rich history of the EU.

Get ready to travel back in time to a new, yet familiar, corner of the Star Wars galaxy when “The Acolyte” premieres on Disney+. Whether you’re a Padawan in the ways of the Force or an old Jedi Master, there’s something in this series to captivate everyone.

What do you think about this melding of the Star Wars canon and Expanded Universe? Are you excited for “The Acolyte”? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and may the Force be with you all as you delve into this richly layered story.

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