the acolyte remains one of the most mysterious shows on the Star Wars list. The series, directed by Russian doll Showrunner Leslye Headland follows a young Sith acolyte in the final years of the High Republic, a time that has never been explored on screen.
But now the show is finally ramping up production and casting notices are coming out. It seems Headland isn’t the only Netflix veteran cast in the series. Term Reports that squid game Rising star Lee Jung-Jae will play the “male lead” alongside Amandla Stenberg. But what could her role be? Rumors may have already revealed the answer.
There have been several theories surrounding the plot and cast of the acolyte, mostly drawn from casting calls. In a leak reported by Bespin Newsletterthe main character of the acolyte is Aura, the Sith acolyte played by Amandla Stenberg. There’s also Miri, her younger sister, and Paul, listed as a “white male in his 50s,” according to the leak. These are probably code names, so don’t expect a middle-aged man named Paul to be running around the Star Wars galaxy once the series lands.
So who could Lee play? The leak also mentions that Aura’s main friend and ally will be a CGI male alien with the codename “Penn”. If any character included in these leaks has the potential of a “male lead,” it’s this one.
If this is the character he’ll be playing, it’s disappointing that Lee’s expressive visage is hidden under makeup and special effects, but it’s not a horrible fate. Other Star Wars characters, like Ahsoka Tano and Cad Bane, have expressed themselves in alien form, and some of the most beloved Star Wars characters rarely show their faces.
There’s even a fan theory that as the only hint of an alien role in the acolyte, this “Penn” character could actually be Darth Plagueis, the Sith master who would mentor a young Emperor Palpatine. To say that he is rumored to appear on the show is an understatement; pretty much every theory surrounding this show involves Plagueis. If that is the role Lee Jung-Jae takes on, he will be taking on one of the most influential Star Wars characters ever conceived.
Regardless of who he plays, Lee Jung-Jae will be a great asset to the acolyte. In a way, it even has a lot in common with squid game: Both are shows about people caught up in a deadly game much bigger than themselves. the acolyte It just so happens to take place in a galaxy far, far away.
squid game It is now streaming on Netflix.