UPDATE: The full cast of The Acolyte series has been announced. Joining Lee Jung-jae, Amandla Steinberg and Jodie Turner-Smith are Manny Jacinto (Nine Perfect Strangers), Dafne Keen (His Dark Materials), Rebecca Henderson (Inventing Anna), Charlie Barnett (Russian Doll), Dean-Charles Chapman (1917) and Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix Resurrections).
The series 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. A former Padawan reunites with her Jedi Master to investigate a series of crimes, but the forces they confront are more sinister than they ever anticipated.
UPDATE: Squid Game (2021) breakout star Lee Jung-jae has landed the leading role in The Acolyte series!
He will be joined by Amandla Steinberg (Bodies Bodies Bodies) and Jodie Turner-Smith (Without Remorse). Showrunner Leslye Headland will also serve as the series’ director, writer, and executive producer.
The Star Wars series in development titled The Acolyte is set to be inspired by classic wuxia martial arts films.
“So I actually went more toward martial arts films, and storylines that are a little bit more personal and less global and galactic. Those warriors were on missions that were deeply personal, with people feeling wronged and having to make it right. Wuxia films and martial arts films from King Hu and the Shaw Brothers, like ‘Come Drink With Me’ and ‘[A] Touch Of Zen.’ They’re monks that are also martial arts heroes,” showrunner Leslye Headland told Vanity Fair.
The Disney+ series takes place roughly 100 years before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and will take the audience into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.
SOURCE: Vanity Fair