From The Good Place to a galaxy far, far away. Deadline reports that Manny Jacinto has been cast in the forthcoming Star Wars series, The Acolyte. The actor joins an impressive cast that consists of Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game), and Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim). Details regarding Jacinto’s character are being kept under wraps.
Jacinto is perhaps best known for his role as Jason Mendoza in The Good Place. His other credits include Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers and Netflix’s Brand New Cherry Flavor, and he also appeared in the movie of the year, Top Gun: Maverick, as Lt. Billy ‘Fritz’ Avalone. The busy actor is also set to appear in The Knife, Cora Bora and Balestra.
The Acolyte is being described as 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.” The project was first announced in April 2020, with Lucasfilm finally confirming the series in December 2020.
Russian Doll‘s Leslye Headland will serve as the series director, writer, executive producer and showrunner on The Acolyte.