The much-anticipated new ‘Star Wars’ live-action TV series, ‘The Mandalorian’ will arrive next week, and in anticipation, Disney+ has released a new trailer featuring new footage, and among those glimpsed in the clip, is Ming-Na Wen. It has been revealed that her character is named Fennec Shand and she is an assassin.
She also delivers a humorously ironic line of dialogue: “Your name will be legendary.”
Of course, the show’s lead character, played by Pedro Pascal, doesn’t seem to have a name, and is only referred to as “The Mandalorian.”
Watch for yourself below, and keep reading if you want to know more about Wen’s role:
Speaking to Vanity Fair, the former ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ star said:
“We got our inspiration really from the name. The idea of a fennec fox came to mind. She’s tricky, and yet she’s able to maneuver and survive, and be stealthy—so very graceful and agile. I just love that whole image with the name.”
Wen also compared her shady character to Han Solo, a character that is a hero, but that isn’t as squeaky clean as, say Luke Skywalker or Rey.
“Thinking that she’s a mercenary, it can go either way. I think it remains to be seen… She is definitely someone who’s loyal to herself… It will evolve, it will change. I mean, I think that’s what’s so wonderful about creating a new character. I think she has a good sense of humor about it all as well, which is also fun. You can’t really pinpoint which direction she’s going to go.”
Wen loved the organic style of collaboration that came from working on ‘The Mandalorian’ particularly in working with director Dave Filoni. Together, they concocted a signature look for Fennec Shand.
“At first, the idea was maybe just have her hair be loose, unkempt kind of thing. And I thought, Well, she’s going to be wearing a helmet and she’s this stealth assassin. How great would it be if her hair has a bit of the fennec fox architecture to it? So the hairstylist came up with this great braiding system, that just gives an idea of these triangular points. Like her ears.”
Filoni directed the first episode of ‘The Mandalorian’, as well as the fifth. So it’s entirely possible that Wen’s character will appear in the first installment that arrives next week.
The first episode of ‘The Mandalorian’ will be available when Disney+ launches next Tuesday. The second will arrive on Friday, and subsequent episodes will be available each Friday, with the exception of the seventh, which arrives on Wednesday, December 18, just ahead of the release of ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ in theaters.
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