Has Lee Jung-Jae swapped Squid Game for Star Wars? Reports suggest the actor has been cast in Star Wars: The Acolyte
Deadline is reporting that Lee Jung-Jae has swapped Squid Game for the galaxy far, far away. According to the outlet, the star of Netflix’s landmark series has joined the cast of Star Wars: The Acolyte as the series’ male lead. if accurate, the actor will join Amandla Stenberg (Bodies Bodies Bodies), and soon-to-be-confirmed Jodie Turner-Smith in the first-ever series set in a previously unexplored era.
CAST & CREW
In related news, the outlet also announced that Leslye Headland will serve as the series’ director, writer, executive producer, and showrunner. But don’t take our word for it. Check out the reveal below.
The eve of his potential historic night at the Emmys, Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae looks to have found his first major studio role following that breakout in a property more popular then the Netflix global phenomenon.
Sources tell Deadline that Lee has landed the male lead in the new Disney+ Star Wars series The Acolyte from Lucasfilm. Amandla Steinberg is set for the other lead role, with Deadline also recently breaking the news that Jodie Turner-Smith also is joining cast. Leslye Headland tapped as the series director, writer, exec producer and showrunner. Headland has been very hands-on with Lucasfilm execs including President Kathleen Kennedy in putting together a diverse, A-list ensemble, and with Steinberg, Turner-Smith and now Lee, it looks to be headed in that direction.
As mentioned above, Lee Jung-Jae rose to prominence last year when Squid Game on Netflix arrived to blow our minds. The actor received acclaim for his poignant performance and now, he will be bringing his talent to bear on the galaxy far, far away.
As of press time, not much is known about the plot of the new Star Wars series. However, we do know that the show will take place 100 years before the events of The Phantom Menace. Therefore it is safe to assume that we will witness the Jedi at the height of their powers. And potentially witness the rebirth of the Sith. Hopefully, more juicy tidbits will be revealed during Disney’s D23 Expo this weekend.
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