STAR WARS: THE ACOLYTE TV Spot Unleashes Jedi Master Vernestra Rwoh's "Lightwhip" Lightsaber

STAR WARS: THE ACOLYTE TV Spot Unleashes Jedi Master Vernestra Rwoh's "Lightwhip" Lightsaber STAR WARS: THE ACOLYTE TV Spot Unleashes Jedi Master Vernestra Rwoh's "Lightwhip" Lightsaber

Star Wars: The Acolyte will introduce the Lightwhip, an occasionally divisive concept previously only featured in the Expanded Universe and High Republic-era publishing stories. Here's a first look...

By JoshWilding - May 19, 2024 05:05 AM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars

With Star Wars: The Acolyte just a couple of weeks away, another new TV spot is doing the rounds on social media which showcases Jedi Master Vernestra Rwoh's Lightwhip. 

As we first explained on, it's been established that Lightwhips are a heavily modified lightsaber variant with multiple plasma blades in flexible containment shields. Due to the blades' flexibility, they require more care to use than a regular lightsaber and have less cutting power.

With a history dating back to the "Sith Wars," Lightwhips were particularly associated with the Nightsisters of Dathomir, though Jedi have been known to use them as well. High Republic Era Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh is among them and was able to modify her lightsaber to have an additional whip mode after learning the design in a Force vision.

Not everyone loves this unique use of a lightsaber, particularly as it's so different from what we're used to seeing in Star Wars. However, it's by no means a "new" concept and, if this sneak peek proves anything, it's that it looks pretty epic in motion! 

"I think I flew out of my body," Mae actress Amandla Stenberg recently said of how it felt to be approached for the series. "It's not something that you anticipate happening to you ever. I had chills and tingles all over."

"We exist in a period of time before that evil dictatorship takes a hold of the galaxy, so there's space ideologically to think: What does the world look like before the Force is being utilized in that evil way? What preempts that kind of societal shift?"

"That's where so many iconic sequences that we've witnessed with Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu and Yoda are located," she adds. "There was one day we were in pre-production, and I took a nap in the Jedi temple. It wasn't used for a short amount of time, so I laid down there on the marble. That’s when I really freaked out."

You can watch this new TV spot for The Acolyte in the X post below.

In The Acolyte, an investigation into a shocking crime spree pits a respected Jedi Master (Lee Jung-jae) against a dangerous warrior from his past (Amandla Stenberg). As more clues emerge, they travel down a dark path where sinister forces reveal all is not what it seems...

The series stars Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Charlie Barnett, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Joonas Suotamo, and Carrie-Anne Moss.

The next Star Wars TV series comes from creator and showrunner Leslye Headland (Russian Doll), who also serves as executive producer alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Simon Emanuel, Jeff F. King, and Jason Micallef. Charmaine DeGraté and Kor Adana are the co-executive producers, and Rayne Roberts and Damian Anderson are producing.

The Acolyte will premiere on Disney+ on June 4. 

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Vigor - 5/19/2024, 5:24 AM
Idc what anybody says, this looks exciting
TheLight - 5/19/2024, 6:37 AM

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Who knew how kinky that galaxy far far away could be?

I'm sure Mae will really love those.
Evansly - 5/19/2024, 9:07 AM
@TheLight - Lightwhips first appeared in the comic book Star Wars #95 in 1985.

So it has been kinky
TheLight - 5/19/2024, 9:24 AM
@Evansly - Makes you wonder how many gimps are in the galaxy waiting for some good "justice"😁👍?

Not surprised that it originated in the 80s.
Evansly - 5/19/2024, 9:53 AM
@TheLight - light whips, shoulder pads and armor that doesn't cover the midsection
The1st - 5/20/2024, 7:38 AM
@Evansly - We miss you Mara Jade...and Lumiya too.
clintthahamster - 5/20/2024, 8:09 AM
@TheLight - "Not surprised that it originated in the 80s."

You mean the decade when the Indiana Jones trilogy came out, popularizing bullwhips in popular culture? I agree, no surprise there.
DevilsDreams - 5/19/2024, 6:40 AM
I'm hopeful, but I have concerns that the showrunner Leslye Headland seemed to be very proud that she'd staffed it with people who knew nothing about Star Wars...
Matchesz - 5/19/2024, 7:51 AM
@DevilsDreams - the green alien is her wife. All of these projects have just been friends helping friends make disney money together
Itwasme - 5/19/2024, 10:16 AM
@DevilsDreams - she hired one person who hadn't seen it before in a writing room of about 10. It's a smart move imo.
DevilsDreams - 5/19/2024, 10:38 AM
@Itwasme - ah, I stand corrected, I've seen something that seemed to indicate it was the reverse of that.
DevilsDreams - 5/19/2024, 10:39 AM
@Matchesz - I'm assuming that her character, seemingly the youngest jedi master ever from a very recent book, will be absolutely amazing and flawless...
Itwasme - 5/19/2024, 10:45 AM
@DevilsDreams - nope, that's people trying to spin up controversy.
Origame - 5/19/2024, 11:32 AM
@Itwasme - yes, it's smart to hire someone who knows nothing about star wars when the big complaint about modern star wars is that no one hired seems to understand the franchise.

Itwasme - 5/19/2024, 11:35 AM
@Origame - yep... people complain about everything, doesn't make them right.
Origame - 5/19/2024, 11:40 AM
@Itwasme - ...we're the customers. Who knows better what we want than us?

This is just stroking the huge egos of these writers. They aren't arbiters of quality.
Itwasme - 5/19/2024, 11:49 AM
@Origame - "If I'd have asked people what they wanted, they'd have said a faster horse."

- Henry Ford
Origame - 5/19/2024, 12:08 PM
@Itwasme - you're really comparing a car manufacturer to modern Hollywood writers? Ffs, this quote is based on the fact there was no industry for cars at the time. Meanwhile star wars is an established IP people already know and love.
Itwasme - 5/19/2024, 12:37 PM
@Origame - I'm referencing innovation, but whatever.

Fans have whatever their fanfiction is in their heads, no one is ever going to make something all the fans like. Fans complain about everything g Star Wars related. It's the only consistent thing the fans agree on. I'm sorry, bit Kathleen Kennedy knows more about Star Wars than any of us do. She was Lucas's right hand and spent more hours talking about this stuff than we do sleeping. That's a fact, like it or not. And all these fans seem to think she doesn't know anything... smh.

Fans will always complain no matter what. They have to accept that, shut out the noise, and just focus on creating the best IP they can. And honestly, just like how the new generation seems to love those god-awful pre-quels, the next generation will love this iteration. That's just the way it is.
Origame - 5/19/2024, 12:52 PM
@Itwasme - yes, Kennedy and disney Lucasfilm know more about Star wars than any of us. Hence why they made Luke do things that are antithetical to what he did in his last canonical appearance. 🙄

Also, the prequels are 1000x better than the sequel trilogy. And how can the next generation love them? They're not even consistent with themselves!
Matchesz - 5/19/2024, 2:47 PM
@Itwasme - Bro, just bend all the way over with ur buttcrack showing for Kathleen Kennedy and your Disney overlords. You're like the human turning into a zombie sentinel from the Xmen 97 show doing everything to defend that corporation and Kathleen. She's a politician.
Itwasme - 5/19/2024, 3:09 PM
@Matchesz - are you 12 years old or something?
Matchesz - 5/19/2024, 4:56 PM
@Itwasme - whatever u got to say to defend Kathleen, you know and i know and everyone else knows these starwars projects could be 1000x better with actual passionate creative people. You’re defending a politician with an agenda
McMurdo - 5/19/2024, 7:52 PM
@Itwasme - Lol no she doesn't and that's a hilariously out of touch statement to make.
Itwasme - 5/19/2024, 8:22 PM
@Matchesz - so you're saying she knows nothing about Star Wars?
Itwasme - 5/19/2024, 8:23 PM
@McMurdo - I don't buy into the internet drama. People online seem hellbent to become the exact thing everyone makes fun of. I'm not really playing that game.
Matchesz - 5/19/2024, 9:53 PM
@Itwasme - shes a producer not a creative she knows Starwars = $$ thats about it. If she knew starwars she would have fought to have luke leia and han onscreen together. Cant call the fans toxic for wanting that
Itwasme - 5/19/2024, 10:07 PM
@Matchesz - she hired people and let them do their thing... isn't that what fans want? Let the creatives do their thing?
Itwasme - 5/19/2024, 10:07 PM
@Matchesz - and my original comment was about her knowing ALOT about star wars. Not that she should direct the films or anything else.
TheVisionary25 - 5/19/2024, 6:46 AM
Looks good!!.

Also , I dig the lightwhip…

Some may not like it but as you said , it’s not a new concept to SW.

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HashTagSwagg - 5/19/2024, 7:00 AM
Looks kinda gay
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Batmangina - 5/19/2024, 8:41 AM
"I just thought it would be good to have the perspective of a person that had literally never seen Star Wars until she was in the room."

'I've never seen Star Wars. I have no idea. I think there's a dog in it, but I don't know anything.'

I think there's a dog in it.
WarMonkey - 5/19/2024, 8:46 AM
light whips are just dumb. They are especially dumb for any light side user to be using. A whip is an offensive weapon or a way to hurt others and put them in pain. They are not for defense but for offense, so a Jedi using one goes against their very nature.

Yoda - "A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack"
JohnShaft - 5/19/2024, 10:19 AM
PERSONALLY I'm PASSING on this entire series. Unlike others here I don't belittle those of you who are excited for this. When the FIRST words out the show runners mouth ABOUT the show is that is STAR WARS told from a LGBTQ point of view INSTEAD of this will be an exciting New Star Wars for EVERYONE, she basically told me that as a Straight 55 year old man, that I'm not the target audience. COOL I'll watch something else. BUT when I and others like me DON'T watch and the ratings are shit, then we get blamed for not supporting LGBTQ content.Those of you who enjoy that content I hope this show meets your expectations
AvalonX - 5/19/2024, 11:59 AM
Idiotic. We all know she'll be redeemed. No doubt it will be told from her perspective hence the show title. They will likley further tarnish the Jedi to show she has a point.

FN Disney, just make the Jedi the villains already since everytime you show them, you deconstruct them even more.
marvel72 - 5/19/2024, 3:27 PM
The trailer has been ratioed to f*ck same goes for Rings Of Power but no coverage on here.

Howabout those Doctor Who viewing figures? Nope nothing.
McMurdo - 5/19/2024, 7:55 PM
@marvel72 - Josh can't cope
clintthahamster - 5/20/2024, 8:10 AM
@marvel72 - Trolls trolling is not newsworthy. Falls under the category of "Dog bites man."
NGFB - 5/19/2024, 3:36 PM
I hate this already. Because hating is so hot right now.
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