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For the First Time in 47 Years, ‘Star Wars’ Crosses Over With the Real World

The Acolyte Amandla Stenberg
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A huge first is happening in the Star Wars universe today, thanks to The Acolyte.

It’s been 47 years since Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) hit theaters, but fans aren’t abandoning a galaxy far, far away any time soon.

Stormtroopers aboard the Death Star in Star Wars - A New Hope

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As of 2024, we have 11 Star Wars movies under our belt – including the controversial sequel trilogy produced by Disney after purchasing Lucasfilm in 2012. Since 2019, the Star Wars universe has also made its mark on the small screen with multiple live-action TV shows, which have been met with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

While the likes of The Mandalorian and Andor have received a warm reception from Star Wars fans, other projects – such as Ahsoka and Obi-Wan Kenobi – have proved a little more divisive. The latter, for example, was criticized by some diehard fans for a lack of depth and cheap fan service.

Obi-Wan Kenobi glowing by the blue light of his lightsaber

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Compared to the latest Lucasfilm TV project, however, this was a glowing endorsement.

The newest series to hit Disney+ – The Acolyte – has been met with extremely mixed reviews, with many fans objecting to its feminist messaging and the fact that its female leads, Osha and Mae (Amandla Stenberg), diminish the existence of Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen). Its latest episode, “Destiny,” is also currently regarded as “One Of The Most Disappointing Star Wars Episodes Ever Made.”

A group of children, dressed in beige Jedi robes, sit in a line with their eyes closed, appearing to meditate like young acolytes. In the foreground is a blonde girl with hair tied up. Two children have alien appearances with distinct facial features, sitting among the human kids.

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Considering how negatively fans have responded to most of the show’s developments so far, it seems pretty likely that they won’t react well to the latest news about The Acolyte.

According to a new press release, pop singer Victoria Monét is set to sing “an original end-credit song, ‘Power Of Two,’ for the Star Wars series The Acolyte from Lucasfilm.”

Playing pop songs over the closing credits isn’t exactly a new phenomenon in TV or in film (who else misses the era where all of Disney’s films ended with a cheesy cover of the soundtrack’s biggest tune?). However, it’s certainly a first for Star Wars, which has never featured a “real-world” song in any of its projects.

Three Jedi in robes stand ready, wielding never-before-seen Disney Star Wars lightsabers emitting green, yellow, and blue light in a dimly lit setting. The background features lush foliage and a rocky wall, suggesting a forest or cave environment. The scene is intense and full of vivid colors. star wars lightsaber the acolyte whip saber

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Having been bestowed with the honor of the first singer to feature on a Star Wars soundtrack, Monét also released a statement yesterday.

“Having my song be a part of the classic Star Wars franchise via The Acolyte is such an honor, and I’m thrilled for everyone to hear it when they see how it ties into the overall storyline!” Monét said. “D’Mile and I had a great time making the song and hope the world loves it as much as we do.”

Assembled Jedi on a cliff in Star Wars: The Acolyte

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“Power of Two” was released on streaming today. Its lyrics feature phrases such as “we so one and the same, so all my pain is your pain,” “parts of me will die with you,” and “I feel the shame when they call me your name/And you feel the same when they say you’re to blame/Twin flame.”

The lyrics seemingly refer to Osha and Mae – the show’s twin leads who were separated at a young. While Osha is a former Padawan who left the Jedi Order, Mae is a dangerous warrior who uses the dark side of the Force and was previously assumed dead.

How do you feel about the Star Wars song?

About Chloe James

Chloë is a theme park addict and self-proclaimed novelty hunter. She's obsessed with all things Star Wars, loves roller coasters (but hates Pixar Pal-A-Round), and lives for Disney's next Muppets project.

One comment

  1. Why is this song a problem? Is it because it’s not 100% “canon”? Who cares?! Whether it’s Star Wars or Marvel, I don’t care! Take these projects for what they are, entertainment and expanding the universes of these worlds. When “A New Hope” hit theaters when I was 14, I never thought any of these off shoot stories would be possible, in movie or tv form. And stop whining about the “Female” leads in either of the Star Wars and Marvel universes. I don’t care who’s the lead, because I enjoy the movie/show as an overall story. If you’re not satisfied, you have the option to change the channel.

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