Star Wars: Acolyte is largely shrouded in mystery, but several stars have emerged from the shadows as part of the growing cast of the upcoming Disney+ prequel series.
Acolyte will take place in the last days of the High Republic era more than a century before the events of The Phantom Menace. Most plot details are currently being kept under wraps, although it is known that Russian Doll co-creator Leslie Headland is hosting, writing and directing the series, and she plans to transport viewers into “a galaxy full of mysterious secrets and emerging dark side forces. “. “
Traditionally, assistants in the Star Wars universe are members of the Sith who begin training under the direction of the Sith Lord. The live-action series will foray into territory in the Star Wars Extended Universe where stories haven’t been told on screen before, but those stories will be told from “the point of view of the bad guys” who are “basically underdogs” at this point.
Read on for a rundown of the cast of The Acolyte – don’t forget to bookmark the page as we’ll be updating this post with all the latest casting announcements.
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Amandla Stenberg was the first actor to be popular with the Star Wars galaxy for The Acolyte. It was reported in December 2021 that Steinberg has been in talks with Disney to lead the upcoming series, although it will take several months for rumors of these actors to actually be confirmed. Stenberg will likely play the titular Acolyte, a new Sith in training, at the center of the series.
Steinberg is probably best known for playing Rue in The Hunger Games. They’ve recently appeared on shows like As You Are, the hatred you giveand Dear Evan Hansen.
Less than two months later, Jodie Turner-Smith is said to be finalizing a deal to join Steinberg’s upcoming Disney+ series. According to Deadline, her cast has yet to be confirmed, and details on which role she’ll be playing haven’t been announced yet, but production is expected to begin later in the fall, so more information may be available when cameras start rolling.
The British actor is best known for her starring role in Melina Matsoukas’ debut film Queen and Slim. She will next appear in Noah Baumbach’s “White Noise” and Adam Sandler’s “Murder Mystery 2.” Notably, she starred in The Witcher: Bloodborne but left the show before filming began.
Lee Jung Jae
“Squid Game” star Lee Jung-jae is said to have also joined the “Star Wars” universe and had a role in “The Acolyte.” Deadline reports that the actor has landed a male lead in Lucasfilm’s new series, but no details about his role were shared. It is understood that he will play a key role opposite Stenberg, a project that will mark his first time working with a major studio.
The South Korean actor has starred in several films and TV shows during his nearly 30-year career, but in 2021 he has gained global fame and acclaim as Sung Ki-hoon in the Netflix hit “Squid Game.”
Manny Jacinto is the next name to be added, as Variety learns that The Good Place star has joined the cast of the Disney+ Star Wars franchise. The report doesn’t mention which role Jacinto will play in The Acolyte, but does point out that he will star alongside Stenberg and Lee — who have been described as “the three main characters in the series.”
Jacinto is best known for his role as Jason Mendoza on the NBC sitcom The Good Place. He also starred in several feature films, including Bad Times at the Royal Hotel.
As the series nears production, Acolyte continues to fill out its cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Charlie Barnett is the next actor to join the Star Wars prequels series and has entered final talks to join the project. Like previous casting reports, details of Barnett’s role were not revealed, but sources say the role will be “supportive in nature.”
Barnett is best known for his starring role in Russian Doll, the hit Netflix series co-created by The Acolyte showrunner Leslye Headland. His other credits include Arrow, You and City Stories.
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