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‘Star Wars: The Acolyte’ Creator Says She ‘Had To’ Cast ‘Logan’s Dafne Keen

Keen will play a character who is part human and part alien.

‘The Acolyte’ creator Leslye Headland recently explained why she insisted on casting Dafne Keen.

Headland told Entertainment Weekly that she’s pretty excited about Keen’s casting. She admitted that she was determined to cast the ‘Logan’ actress, and she had her reasons why:

“I was like, ‘We have to get Dafne, period.’ I just wanted to see X23 with a lightsaber in their hand. That has to happen.”

Keen Inspired Her to Create the Character

The director spoke to IGN in another interview. She praised Keen’s performance in ‘Logan’ and revealed that the young actress actually inspired her to create Jecki:

“Somebody like Dafne Keen, I’d loved so much in ‘Logan’ that I wrote this character, and I was like, ‘You know what would be great? I’d love to see X-23 with a lightsaber. How do we make that happen?'”

‘The Acolyte’ Arrives On June 4

‘Star Wars: The Acolyte’ takes place before ‘The Phantom Menace’ and at the end of the High Republic era. The show is currently scheduled to hit Disney+ on June 4, 2024.

‘The Acolyte’ will introduce new characters and bring back familiar faces from The High Republic era, such as Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-Jae, and Dafne Keen. Keen will play Master Sol’s apprentice, Jecki Lon, and Lee Jung-Jae will portray Master Sol.

Other cast members include Jodie Turner-Smith, Manny Jacinto, Charlie Barnett, Dean-Charles Chapman, and Joonas Suotamo as a Wookiee Jedi.

The trailer for the show is recently released on YouTube. Watch it below:

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