Ming-Na Wen, the iconic voice of Mulan who also plays Agent Melinda May on Agents of SHIELD, will next appear in The Mandalorian, the upcoming Star Wars live-action series set to air on the Disney+ streaming service. Wen revealed the news during her acceptance speech at the Disney Legends awards ceremony at D23 2019.
The actress didn’t reveal any details about her character during the speech but she did tell Syfy Wire in an interview afterward that she “certainly doesn’t play a farmer.” With D23 just underway, it’s likely we’ll hear way more details about Wen’s casting in the next few days. The Disney+ Showcase panel takes place today at 6:30 pm ET.
Wen has long been a fan of the galaxy far, far away, and she revealed this little tidbit about her childhood during her speech: “I used to pray to God, Buddha and the Force when I was a little girl. It’s astounding to me, Disney has offered me so much more.”
She has also been vocal in the past about wanting to appear in a Star Wars movie, preferably as a Jedi.
“There’s nothing better than having a lightsaber in your hand,” Wen told Access Hollywood about her Star Wars dream in 2013. “I don’t care, I could have a walk on, just like passing Han Solo. I don’t care. That’s on my bucket list, to somehow get in one of those movies. Wouldn’t it be great?”
Well, it sounds like Wen will be able to scratch that one off the bucket list.
Wen is joined by an ensemble cast that also includes Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), Carl Weathers (Predator), Gina Carano (Deadpool), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), Nick Nolte (Tropic Thunder), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), and Omid Abtahi (American Gods).
The Mandalorian takes place seven years after the events of Return of the Jedi and stars a gunfighter living and taking bounties in the lawless Outer Rim of the galaxy. We watched a couple of minutes of footage from the series and were really impressed by what we saw.
The series launches on Nov. 12.