Today, Disney kicked off its massive fan event, the D23 Expo, and have wasted no time unveiling massive and exciting news.
One new piece of info came during the Disney Legends panel, which honored big names such as Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, and Agents of SHIELD star Ming-Na Wen. Having played roles in the Disney Animated and Marvel Universe, it was only fitting that Wen joins another Disney franchise, Star Wars!
Disney CEO Bob Iger took to the stage to honour Wen, where he announced that the legendary actress will appear in the first Star Wars TV series, The Mandalorian.
“I have hit every bucket list thanks to Disney,” Wen said of the news. When people ask me how I get my inspiration for all these strong female role models… it’s my mom. And she’s here. Single mom, held down 3 jobs to raise her kids, met my stepfather and he was able to bring us to America, and she is a woman warrior! Through and through,” Wen shared during her speech.
Wen joins Pedro Pascal, who has been cast in the series’ titular role. Also appearing in the show is Gina Carano (Deadpool), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and Nick Nolte (Affliction).
The Mandalorian is written and executive produced by Jon Favreau, with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) directing the first episode and serving as executive producer alongside Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson.
Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).