Lee Jung-jae, who rose to worldwide prominence with Squid Game, has joined the Star Wars universe. On September 9, 2022, Deadline announced that the 49-year-old veteran actor has landed a starring part in Disney+’s new Star Wars series The Acolyte. The Squid Game actor is the most recent addition to The Acolyte squad. For the time being, his persona is likewise being kept under wraps. The announcement came as a surprise since speculations of the Hunt director-actor joining Marvel has sparked several conversations on social media. The star had previously refuted it in a statement. Although the claims were unfounded, people’s expectations of Korean performers breaking into mainstream Hollywood proved right.
Lee Jung-jae of Squid Games will enter the Star Wars world.
Following speculations of Lee Jung-jae joining Marvel, the world was already looking forward to the South Korean actor breaking into a big Hollywood brand. While not Marvel, it has come true for Star Wars. Star Wars is a cult favorite that dates back to the 1970s. It is now a media brand with several movies, shows, video games, books, themed attractions, and comics. The newest Star Wars series, The Acolyte, will be helmed by the Squid Game actor.
According to a report by Deadline on September 9, sources verified that Lee Jung-jae has landed the main role in the mystery thriller. This is a huge step forward for the 49-year-old, who rose to fame after appearing on the Netflix survival program. Since its debut, the actor has created history many times and will most likely do it again at the Primetime Emmy Awards on September 13. He will also be a presenter at the Emmys, with his co-star Jung Ho-yeon. Meanwhile, Amandla Stenberg, 23, will play the second lead in The Acolyte. She is a Critics’ Choice Award and Black Reels Award contender. Jodie Turner-Smith is also said to be joining the cast of the program.
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The roles of any of the actors have yet to be disclosed. The Acolyte, on the other hand, will undoubtedly be Lee Jung-most jae’s significant professional achievement. As it stands, Hollywood is welcoming South Korean celebrities owing to the Hallyu Wave, OTT platforms, and unprecedented fan power. Before the Squid Game star Park Seo-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, Cha Eun-woo, BLACKPINK’s Jennie, Yoo Teo, and Bae Doona were also rumoured to have joined the Hollywood sector.
Park Seo-joon will appear in the Captain Marvel sequel, Jung Ho-yeon in The Governesses, and Cha Eun-woo in K-pop: Lost in America. Jennie from BLACKPINK will appear on The Idol, Yoo Teo will star in Past Lives, and Bae Doona will return to Hollywood in Rebel Moon.It’ll be fascinating to see what role the Squid Game actor takes on. Disgusting remarks about the show’s language have already been posted on Reddit. Matt Kim, IGN’s news editor, uploaded a screenshot with users debating whether he should speak English or “make him an alien” to force him to “learn a new language.”