South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae will star in the upcoming 'Star Wars' series 'The Acolyte'.
The 'Squid Game' star, who plays Seong Gi-hun on the popular Netflix series will star in his first major English-language role in the upcoming Disney+ series.
Amandla Steinberg ('Bodies, Bodies, Bodies') occupies the other lead role. Deadline recently broke the news that Jodie Turner-Smith is also joining cast. Leslye Headland, most known for Netflix series 'Russian Doll', serves as series director, writer, exec-producer and showrunner.
In 2020, Headland said that the series is set "in a pocket of the universe and a pocket of the timeline that we don't know much about."
According to Disney+, 'The Acolyte' is a mystery-thriller that will take viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging Dark Side powers in the final days of the High Republic era. In 'Star Wars', "acolyte" can refer to individuals with Force abilities who learn from a more experienced Sith Lord.
Jung-jae will also reprise his role in the upcoming second season of 'Squid Game'. Netflix officially announced the show's renewal in June.
Director Hwang Dong-hyuk unofficially announced that the show would be getting a second and even a third season. The 'Squid Game' creator very much plans to bring Jung-jae's character back into the fold for future seasons.
The Korean phenomenon reached over 1.65 billion viewing hours within its first month on the streamer, eclipsing other shows by at least double the amount of hours viewed.
Returning to the world of 'Star Wars', new series 'Andor' releases on Disney+ on September 21.