The upcoming Star Wars series “The Acolyte” added yet another actor to the growing cast.
Earlier this month, several new actors were added to the call sheet for the upcoming Disney+ live-action series, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2023.
On Thursday, another familiar face was revealed to be heading to a galaxy far, far away.
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Star Manny Jacinto To Join Upcoming Star Wars Series ‘The Acolyte’
On Thursday, September 15, Deadline revealed that “The Good Place” star Manny Jacinto has been cast in the upcoming series, although details about his character are still being kept under wraps.
Although he is best known for playing Jason Mendoza on “The Good Place,” fans most recently got to see him in the box office success “Top Gun: Maverick.” He also appeared in the Amazon Prime movie, “I Want You Back” and the limited Hulu series, “Nine Perfect Strangers.”
Lee has won several major awards, including a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Critics’ Choice Television Award, six Baeksang Arts Awards, in addition to nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Gotham Award.
In addition to his acting, he will also make his directorial debut in his film “Hunt,” which he both directed and starred in. The film was recently acquired by Magnolia Pictures and will debut at the Cannes Film Festival premiere.
Both Stars Are Set To Join Jodie Turner-Smith and Amandla Stenberg In ‘The Acolyte’
In addition to Lee’s casting, Deadline reported that British actress and model Jodie-Turner Smith will be joining a galaxy far, far away as well. Turner-Smith recently appeared alongside another Star Wars star, Adam Driver, in the film, “White Noise,” which kicked off the 2022 Venice Film Festival. Driver is best known for portraying Kylo Ren and the redeemed Ben Solo in the Star Wars sequel trilogy from 2015 to 2019.
Earlier this year, at San Diego Comic-Con, actress Amandla Stenberg, who played Rue in “The Hunger Games,” announced her casting in the new series by posing for photos alongside Darth Vader and R2-D2.
In an Instagram post announcing the news, she wrote, “Next stop: a galaxy far, far away… I am so excited to finally announce I’m joining Star Wars: #TheAcolyte ! Honored is an understatement. May the Force be with you.”
Ahmed Best, who played Jar Jar Binks in the prequel trilogy, commented, “Welcome Amandla. The galaxy is better with you in it. ❤️.” Lucasfilm commented, “Welcome to the galaxy!” while Disney+ added, “🤩💫.”
What Is ‘The Acolyte’ Going To Be About?
“The Acolyte” is being created by “Russian Doll” creator Leslye Headland, who will serve as the show’s writer, executive producer, and showrunner. Rayne Roberts is set to co-develop the series along with Headland. Production is expected to start in London this fall.
During its announcement at Disney Investor Day in 2020, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy teased, “Leslye Headland, Emmy-nominated creator of the mind-bending series Russian Doll, is a boldly innovative filmmaker bringing her new Star Wars series to Disney+. The Acolyte is a mystery thriller that will take us into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging Dark Side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.”
The latest Disney+ series will take place during the High Republic era, which ended approximately fifty years before the events of the first film in the prequel trilogy, “The Phantom Menace.”
In “Star Wars” terminology, an acolyte is a novice Sith who has just begun their training under a Sith Lord, similar to what a Padawan would be to a Jedi. This story will take place prior to Sith Lord Darth Bane developing the infamous Rule of Two, which states that only two Sith can exist at one time, meaning there might be multiple new Sith characters that will be introduced into the franchise.
Although there was little news about “The Acolyte” at Disney’s annual D23 expo earlier this year, fans can learn more about the other live-action Disney+ series planned in the Star Wars universe, including “The Mandalorian,” “Skeleton Crew,” “Ahsoka,” and “Andor,” by clicking here.