Ming-Na Wen
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Ming-Na Wen won’t be out of work when ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ ends next year.  The actor also known as Agent Melinda May is just sliding over to another Disney project– Season 2 of ‘The Mandalorian’.  Wen was on hand at the D23 Expo, along with ‘The Mandalorian’ showrunner Jon Favreau to promote the series and announce her casting.  Of course, she didn’t reveal anything about what role she would have, but she did exclaim:

“I’m such a geek girl, and [Disney] please just keep acquiring all these different franchises because I just keep getting employed by them. I have hit every bucket list thanks to Disney. I used to pray to God, Buddha and the Force when I was a little girl, so it’s astounding to me.”

Even though Disney+ doesn’t launch until November, ‘The Mandalorian’ was already confirmed to have been renewed for a second season in July.  Wen will join the Season 1 cast, which includes Pedro Pascal as the lead (apparently, he will only be known as “The Mandalorian”), with Gina Carano as Cara Dune, an “ex-Rebel shock trooper,” and Carl Weathers as Greef Karga, “the head of this guild of bounty hunters.”  The first season also features cast members Omid Abtahi, Giancarlo EspositoWerner HerzogNick Nolte, and Emily Swallow.


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‘The Mandalorian’ is set “after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order.”  The first season will be comprised of eight episodes.  The series will be available when Disney+ launches on November 21, but it will not be binge-able at first.  Disney plans to dole out episodes one at a time.

As a bonus, here is the new poster that was unveiled as part of the weekend’s festivities:


As for Wen’s current show, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, the seventh and final season will arrive next year.  A timeframe hasn’t been announced, but it will likely air in the spring/summer like it did this year.

Check back for more D23 updates this weekend!