Manny Jacinto, star of Top Gun: Maverick, is joining Lucasfilm’s upcoming Disney Plus Star Wars series The Acolyte.
The series will mark the first live-action Star Wars project to take place in the High Republic era, which has previously been explored through novels and comic books. The Acolyte is set towards the end of the High Republic era and will explore the re-emergence of the dark side in the galaxy.
Manny Jacinto is the latest name to be added to The Acolyte‘s cast list, though his role in the series has not yet been disclosed.
Star Wars: The Acolyte Takes Shape
Appearing in Star Wars: The Acolyte alongside Manny Jacinto are Lee Jung-jae, Amandla Stenberg and Jodie Turner-Smith. The series is being directed by Leslye Headland.
Manny Jacinto’s previous credits include this year’s Top Gun: Maverick, 2018’s Bad Times at the El Royale and NBC series The Good Place. While Jacinto’s role in The Acolyte is not yet known, Amandla Stenberg and Lee Jung-jae are said to be the Star Wars series’ leads.
The Acolyte has been described by Disney Plus as a mystery-thriller set in the Star Wars galaxy during the final days of the High Republic era. The series does not yet have an official release date, but is rumored to arrive next year.
Before The Acolyte arrives on Disney Plus, a range of other Star Wars series will be releasing on the streaming platform, including Andor, the animated Tales of the Jedi, Season 2 of The Bad Batch and Season 3 of The Mandalorian.
Here is the synopsis for Lucasfilm’s next Star Wars series hitting Disney Plus, Andor:
“The ‘Andor’ series will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It’s an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero.”
Andor stars Diego Luna, Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, and Genevieve O’Reilly. Tony Gilroy, Dan Gilroy, Stephen Schiff, and Beau Willimon served as the writers of the Star Wars series while Toby Haynes, Susanna White, and Benjamin Caron directed the episodes.
Andor will premiere Disney Plus on September 21, 2022, with three episodes. Stay tuned for all the latest news on The Acolyte and Manny Jacinto’s role in the series, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more great video content!