EXCLUSIVE: The eve of his potential historic evening on the Emmys, Squid Game star Lee Jung-Jae appears to be like to have discovered his first main studio position following that breakout in a property extra widespread then the Netflix international phenomenon. Sources inform Deadline, Lee has landed the male lead within the new Disney+ Star Wars sequence The Acolyte from Lucasfilm. Amandla Steinberg is about for the opposite lead position with Deadline additionally not too long ago breaking information that Jodi Smith-Turner may even be becoming a member of solid. Leslye Headland tapped because the sequence director, author, exec producer and showrunner. Headland has been very fingers on with Lucasfilm exec together with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, in placing collectively an A-list diversified ensemble and with Steinberg Smith-Turner and now Lee, it appears to be like to be headed in that route.
Lucasfilm couldn’t be reached for touch upon the casting.
The Acolyte is a mystery-thriller that may take viewers right into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and techniques and rising dark-side powers within the ultimate days of the High Republic period, Disney+ described the sequence upon its announcement in December 2020. In the actual universe of Star Wars, an acolyte can confer with people with power skills who study from a extra skilled Sith Lord.
Details behind who Lee will probably be taking part in beneath being stored beneath wraps.
Even with how high-anticipated this new sequence, touchdown Lee for the sequence is kind of the victory for Lucasfilm and Headland seeing how each studio and streamer was trying to get into enterprise with Squid Game breakout star. It’s been a yr is the sequence premiered, smashing streaming information and turning Lee and his solid mates into family names.
Not solely has the movie turned Lee into an international star, he has been rewarded for it on a number of fronts successful each main award since its premiere and has a possibility to make historical past Monday on the Primetime Emmy Awards within the lead actor class.
After signing with CAA earlier this yr, Lee first needed to place the ending touches on his directorial debut Hunt, which he additionally stars in, earlier than its Cannes Film Festival Premiere. That movie was not too long ago acquired by Magnolia Pictures.
Besides CAA, he’s additionally repped by Artist Company.