EXCLUSIVE: Former The Good Place star Manny Jacinto has been cast opposite Amandla Stenberg and newly minted Emmy winner Lee Jung-jae in Disney+’s Star Wars series The Acolyte. In the series, which hails from Leslye Headland and Lucasfilm, Jacinto also joins previously announced Jodie Turner-Smith.
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, Disney+ said in announcing the project in December 2020. In the real universe of Star Wars, “acolyte” can refer to individuals with Force abilities who learn from a more experienced Sith Lord.
Details of the characters are being kept under wraps.
Headland serves the series director, writer, exec producer and showrunner.
Jacinto recently starred in as Jason Mendoza in The Good Place. He was most recently seen in Nine Perfect Strangers and Brand New Cherry Flavor and on the big screen in Top Gun: Maverick. He is repped by CAA, Alchemy Entertainment and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.
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