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Rebecca Henderson On Playing Vernestra Rwoh In The Acolyte

In a recent interview actor Rebecca Henderson talks about playing Vernestra Rwoh in the upcoming Star Wars show The Acolyte.

In a recent interview actor Rebecca Henderson talks about playing Vernestra Rwoh in the upcoming Star Wars show The Acolyte. Rwoh, unlike all the other characters in the show, was not created by the shows writers. Vernestra Rwoh is quite old and therefore first introduced as a 16 year old around one hundred years prior in the High Republic books. Therefore, whilst fans of those books are going to be used to seeing a young, immature Jedi, things will be very different in The Acolyte.

Henderson chatted with Total Film recently.

“I don’t want to use the word ‘badass’, but Vernestra is such a badass,” she tells us about the Mirialan Jedi Master. “She’s a revered Jedi Master. The series is set about 100 years on from when we’ve seen Vernestra [in other High Republic media], so she’s certainly an elder, who thinks she’s seen it all.”

‘However, while this version of Vernestra will be a bit older and wiser than we’ve seen before, Henderson explains she’ll still have her iconic lightsaber. “Vernestra’s lightsaber is purple, and she was able to alter it as a 16-year-old and turn it into a lightwhip,” she adds, which sounds pretty epic.’

Star Amandla Stenberg told the magazine,

“We are the prequel to the prequels,” Stenberg adds. “And the prequels have this kind of prestige to them, this monarchical vibe. So one of my main questions going in was: are we going to maintain that sensibility? And yes, in many ways we do, while also incorporating elements that feel really contemporary and relatable.”

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I’ve always said the pitch for the Star Wars prequels is great. It was the execution of that pitch which I felt let the trilogy down. So I’m happy enough to be exploring some of those ideas a little more. Hopefully however, with better writing and execution.

I may have some slight concerns about a Lightsaber whip. I’ve seen it used before in some old animated series. To be fair, they probably copied the light part of it from Star Wars anyway. I’m also 100% sure some fans well get angry about it and say it breaks physics. All whilst not realising that so does Lightsabers to begin with. However, where I am concerned is whether it looks good, or rubbish on screen.

So, what do you think as Rebecca Henderson talks about playing Vernestra Rwoh in the upcoming Star Wars: The Acolyte? Thoughts below as always.

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