Following the recent casting of Jodie Turner-Smith, Deadline brings word that South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae has officially signed on for the male leading role opposite Amandla Stenberg in Lucasfilm’s newest Star Wars series for Disney+, The Acolyte. Production is set to begin late this fall in London.
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Last year, Lee gained worldwide recognition for his performance in Netflix’s Squid Game. He’s currently nominated for an Emmy Award. The upcoming Disney+ series will mark his first major project outside South Korea.
The Acolyte is described as a mystery-thriller that will take viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers that will be set within the final days of the High Republic era. Further details about its characters haven’t been revealed yet, but the project title references a Sith in the beginning stages of their training under an experienced Sith Lord.
The Disney+ series will be written and executive produced by Leslye Headland (Russian Doll), who will also be serving as the showrunner. Production is expected to begin this fall.
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In addition to The Acolyte, Lucasfilm is also currently developing a number of Star Wars projects, including The Mandalorian season three, Andor, and more.