‘Star Wars: The Acolyte’ Actress Teases Lightsaber Fights That Will Top Most Iconic Fights in the History of the Franchise

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Recently, the trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Acolyte’ was released, and it promised a lot of action, something that the creator herself, Leslye Headland promised in her many appearances across the media.

She explained that she pitched ‘Acolyte’ as ‘Frozen’ meets ‘Kill Bill’ and was heavily influenced by Wuxia films and Samurai action. The trailer already showcased plenty of that, and Headland went to great lengths to explain how ‘Acolyte’ will for the first time ever present Jedi as being vastly superior in numbers to Sith.

While the show’s primary inspiration comes from ‘High Republic’ books, there are still a lot of nods to the prequel and sequel trilogies, and in her most recent interview Dafne Keen, an actress about to portray Jecki Lon in the show promised that the show’s action sequences will top some of the most iconic moments in the history of the franchise:

Yeah, that was a very frequent conversation we had. “It was very much: We want to top the Darth Maul fight — the most iconic fight, I think, in the Star Wars cinematic universe. It’s such an amazing fight and we were all so excited about the saber fights. There’s such a skill and a craft to it that it feels so OG Star Wars and feels so impressive when you see it as a viewer

Keen also explained that having a lightsaber in her hand was her favorite process of filming:

It was my favorite part of filming. I loved the whole training process of it. Everyone was very excited about it, which then made it much more fun. Our incredible stunt team created this kind of fusion of different martial arts and we were really trained in how to use the sabers. I feel very comfortable with a sword now, and I know that Charlie does too, and I know that JJ does too. We were all in there for hours a day training, and it was really fun to kind of explore also a different side to the characters within the fighting.

Keen says that having a lightsaber in her hands was a dream come true, especially when she recalls her fondest childhood memories related to the franchise:

I remember watching Star Wars when I was a kid, then playing with sticks on the street and being like, ‘I have a saber!’ And now finally getting to learn these incredible choreographies that the stunt team put together was just honestly such a privilege, because we had such an amazing stunt team.

We can’t wait to see what the crew has set up for us, and I hope they truly make good on their promises, at least when it comes to epic lightsaber scenes. The show will premiere on June 4 on Disney+ with the first two episodes. Have something to add? Let us know in the comments below!

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