Agents of SHIELD star Ming-Na Wen will have a role in The Mandalorian. Disney and Lucasfilm are only a few months away from the launch of the first live-action Star Wars TV show. The Mandalorian will call Disney+ it's home and will be one of the premiere exclusive titles available at the launch in November. As a result, a lot is riding on the series, and plenty of people from the Disney extended family are working on it.
For starters, The Mandalorian is executive produced by Jon Favreau, the man who helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man and just directed the Mouse House's reimagining of The Lion King. Lucasfilm's Dave Filoni is working closely with Favreau on the series and directed the pilot, with Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi helming another episode and lending his voice to a role. Additionally, Deborah Chow, who has worked with Marvel TV on Jessica Jones, and Bryce Dallas Howard, the daughter of Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard, are directing other episodes.
Screen Rant attended the Disney Legends Ceremony at D23 today, which is where Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that fellow Disney vet Ming-Na Wen has a role in The Mandalorian. Wen famously voiced Mulan in the 1998 animated movie and most recently played Agent May in ABC and Marvel's Agents of SHIELD. Iger did not say what role she will play in The Mandalorian or whether this is a physical role or voice-only.
Without any details on who Wen is playing or what size of a role she has, fans of her work will just have to hope The Mandalorian utilizes her talents well until further notice. As a series that involves the scum and villainy of the galaxy far, far away, Wen could bring her proven chops as an action star to The Mandalorian and play another bounty hunter perhaps. She joins a cast headlined by Pedro Pascal, which also includes Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte.
This surprise casting is just one of many new pieces of information that have already come out of D23 from The Mandalorian, and it won't be the last. Disney released the first Mandalorian poster for the series today, and it is expected that a trailer will be released online soon as part of the D23 festivities. With Wen's casting announcement, she could be featured in some of the footage. If that's the case, then we could learn more about her role in The Mandalorian very soon.