Actress Ming-Na Wen is joining the cast of the Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian.”
This gives her a rare “Disney trifecta,” as she stars in ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and previously voiced the title character in “Mulan.”
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the news Friday during the annual fan gathering D23 Expo.
Wen was one of the Disney Legends recipients, which this year also honored Wing Chao, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer and Hans Zimmer.
“Please just keep acquiring all these different franchises,” Wen said during her speech, “because I just keep getting employed by them. I have hit every bucket list thanks to Disney.”
“The Mandalorian,” which is written and produced by Favreau, is set after the fall of the Empire in “Return of the Jedi” and before the emergence of the First Order. The series follows the travails of a lone gunfighter (Pedro Pascal) in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
Episodes will be directed by Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow, Rick Famuyiwa, and Taika Waititi.