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Jar Jar Binks actor to host ‘Star Wars’ TV game show

/ 06:40 PM December 04, 2019
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“Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge” will be hosted by Ahmed Best, who played the bumbling, comedic alien sidekick regularly voted the sci-fi franchise’s most hated character. Image: MATT CAMPBELL/AFP

Star Wars fans will get a chance to enter the Jedi ranks in a new Disney+ TV game show — if they can stomach the return of the much-maligned Jar Jar Binks.

“Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge” will be hosted by Ahmed Best, who played the bumbling, comedic alien sidekick regularly voted the sci-fi franchise’s most hated character.

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The live-action game show will appear on Disney’s new on-demand streaming platform Disney+, which launched in the U.S. last month with a flagship new scripted Star Wars series “The Mandalorian.”

Young contestants will take on challenges in three locations including a forest planet, onboard a star cruiser, and inside a Jedi temple, Disney said Tuesday.

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The competition will test “core Jedi principles of strength, knowledge, and bravery,” and will feature iconic Star Wars elements such as lightsabers, hyperspace, the Force and the dark side, a statement said.

However Best — a musician and former “Stomp” cast member — will shun his Jar Jar Binks character this time, and instead play a Jedi master who will serve as host and mentor to contestants.

Mary Holland (“Veep”) will co-host as a “humanoid droid companion.”

Disney+ executive Dan Silver described the show, launching in 2020, as “a totally new format for the franchise.”

It is produced by Disney-owned Lucasfilm and Endeavor Content. NVG

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