Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae Takes Lead Role In ‘Star Wars: The Acolyte’ Disney+ Series

Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae is joining a franchise from a galaxy far, far away.

The actor is reportedly the male lead in the new Star Wars Disney+ series, The Acolyte. Details about Lee’s character are being kept under wraps.

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Amandla Steinberg (The Hate U Give) is set for the other lead role while Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen and Slim) is joining the cast. Leslye Headland is tapped as the series director, writer, exec producer and showrunner.

Lee Jung-jae
Lee Jung-jae

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 the real universe of Star Wars, ‘ acolyte’ can refer to individuals with Force abilities who learn from a more experienced Sith Lord.

This marks actor Lee’s first American studio role following his breakout role in Netflix’s Squid Game. The Korean series by creator Hwang Dong-Hyuk earned 14 Emmy nominations and turned Lee and his castmates into household names.

Currently, no premiere date has been announced for Star Wars: The Acolyte, but fans can look forward to Star Wars: Andor, The Mandalorian Season 3, and Ahsoka in the meantime, all of which have been given release windows.