The great Ming-Na Wen, already a staple at Disney as both the voice of Mulan in the original 1998 animated film and the second lead on ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” series, is joining the live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” for Disney+.
Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the news Friday during the D23 Expo. Ming-Na was one of the honorees for today’s annual Disney Legends ceremony which this year seemed to be stolen by Robert Downey Jr. whose acceptance speech had him recounting his story of his first visit to Disneyland many years ago and how he got busted for smoking pot whilst on the gondola ride.
Ming-Na will join Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte in the series which is set five years after the events of “Return of the Jedi” and a galaxy still adapting to the sudden fall of the tyrannical Empire.
No word as such on what character she will play. The actress recently wrapped her work on the seventh and final season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” which will premiere next year on ABC.
Later today “The Mandalorian” will get its time in the sun with a presentation to fans at the Anaheim Convention Center and potentially an online release of its first trailer. The series premieres November 12th.