Actor Lee Jung Jae just landed his next big starring role since Squid Game.
While Lee Jung Jae has been a legend in the Korean entertainment industry for years, his stardom only rose more with the release of Netflix‘s hit Squid Game. Since then, everyone worldwide knows his name.
Naturally, he has now been offered roles beyond Korea. And his latest confirmed role couldn’t possibly be any bigger.
Deadline reported that Lee Jung Jae has been confirmed to join one of the biggest franchises of all time: Star Wars. He will be the male lead in Disney+‘s upcoming Star Wars series The Acolyte.
Going farther back in time than any live-action ‘Star Wars’ title before it, ‘The Acolyte’ is set a century before the events of ‘Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.’ The series promises to depict the galaxy at the peak of the era of the High Republic, when the Jedi were at their strongest and the Sith were believed to have been eradicated from the galaxy.
The series will be heavily inspired by Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The High Republic, a series of content, such as comic books, web series, novels, and audio dramas, launched in 2021.
‘We’re taking a look at the political and personal and spiritual things that came up in a time period that we don’t know much about. My question when watching ‘The Phantom Menace’ was always like, ‘Well, how did things get to this point?’ How did we get to a point where a Sith lord can infiltrate the Senate and none of the Jedi pick up on it? Like, what went wrong? What are the scenarios that led us to this moment?
— Headland via Vanity Fair
Actress Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games and The Hate U Give) has also been cast to star in The Acolyte.
At this time, The Acolyte does not have a set release date, but it is rumored for the Summer of 2023.