“He captures the warmth and kindness of what a Jedi should be”: Lee Jung-jae is Proof Star Wars Can Work With Inclusivity as Korean Legend Impresses Everyone in ‘The Acolyte’

Lee Jung-jae broke barriers in the galaxy far, far away after Star Wars vowed inclusivity.

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  • Lee Jung-jae's casting as Master Sol in The Acolyte showcases Star Wars' commitment to inclusivity and representation.
  • Jung-jae flawlessly portrayed the role of a Jedi by capturing the core values of the franchise, emphasizing warmth and kindness.
  • Lee Jung-jae garnered positive reviews from Star Wars fans for adding depth and authenticity to his challenging role.
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The recently released Disney+ show The Acolyte, took Star Wars fans on a journey to a galaxy far, far away, with its first two episodes, by introducing a whole new chapter filled with intriguing characters. Expanding its horizons, the universe even embraced diversity and inclusivity with open arms, as they cast the Korean legend Lee Jung-jae as Master Sol.

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Lee Jung-jae in The Acolyte (2024) | Image via Disney+
Lee Jung-jae in The Acolyte (2024) | Image: Disney+

While the brand new cast leading the tale of twins Mae and Osha, includes Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Charlie Barnett, and more, Lee Jung-jae is seemingly the one actor who garnered the most praise from viewers. Jung-jae’s presence in the Star Wars universe not only showcased his versatility as an actor but also proved how well the franchise can perform with such inclusivity and representation.

Star Wars Universe Embraced Diversity by Casting Lee Jung-jae in The Acolyte 

Since its inception, the iconic Star Wars universe has captivated audiences through decades, with its epic storytelling and iconic characters. But over the years, the fan-favorite franchise has undergone a remarkable evolution, not just in terms of narrative complexity but also in its commitment to inclusivity and representation.

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With its recent project, the Disney+ show Star Wars: The Acolyte, the billion-dollar franchise marked another step in the right direction towards embracing diversity by casting the Korean legend Lee Jung-jae. Famously known for his captivating performance in Squid Game, the actor took on the role of the Jedi, Master Sol.

Lee Jung-jae as Sol in Star Wars: The Acolyte
Lee Jung-jae as Master Sol in Star Wars: The Acolyte | Disney+

Bringing a unique blend of talent, charisma, and cultural significance to his role in The Acolyte, Lee Jung-jae delivered a performance that resonated with audiences worldwide. His screen presence and personification of the role, significantly impressed Star Wars fans and garnered him the most praise among the show’s ensemble of actors.

Lee Jung-jae Drew Praises and Became an Instant Favorite Star Wars Character

Following the release of the first two episodes of Star Wars: The Acolyte, fans hailed Lee Jung-jae’s performance as a Jedi, where he immaculately embodied the franchise’s core values – peace, justice, and compassion. Jung-jae’s character, Master Sol, reminded fans of other classic father figures in the franchise, namely Liam Neeson‘s Qui-Gon Jinn.

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Thereafter, Lee Jung-jae became an instant favorite for many viewers, who hugely praised his work in the series because it was his first-ever English-language show. Considering it’s hard enough to just deliver the lines in another language let alone with deep emotion and nuance, fans praised Jung-jae for perfectly capturing the depth and authenticity of his role.

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As The Acolyte continues to generate buzz and anticipation, Lee Jung-jae’s presence adds another layer of excitement to the mix. His nuanced performance and sheer involvement in the show underscores Disney and Lucasfilm’s commitment to inclusivity behind the scenes. By giving opportunities to talents from diverse backgrounds, the franchise thus paved its way for evolution and betterment in the competitive industry.

Star Wars: The Acolyte is available on Disney+ .

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Written by Krittika Mukherjee

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Krittika is a News Writer at FandomWire with 2 years of prior experience in lifestyle and web content writing. With her previous works available on HubPages and Medium, she has woven over 1600 stories with us, about fan-favorite actors, movies, and shows. Post-graduate in Journalism and Honors-graduate in English Literature, when this art enthusiast isn't crafting your next favorite article, she finds her escapism in coffee, fiction, and the Wizarding World.