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The Acolyte took Star Wars back in time by taking things away

A still photo from the Disney Plus series The Acolyte.
Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.

Kevin Jenkins is a Star Wars veteran at this point, having worked in a variety of design roles across multiple films, ranging from Rogue One to The Rise of Skywalker. But as production designer on the Disney Plus series The Acolyte, he faced an entirely new challenge: finding a look that doesn’t rely on Star Wars staples like Stormtroopers or Star Destroyers. “Unlike other Star Wars, this wasn’t to be found in a book,” Jenkins tells The Verge. “When I did the sequels, and even when the prequels were done, we had that template of Star Wars to go from. And [on The Acolyte], we took away 75 percent of the template.”

That’s because the show jumps back in time to a century before The Phantom Menace. It’s the first live-action project to take…

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