In a glorious interview with Vanity Fair, Ming-Na Wen opens up about her role as the merciless sharpshooter Fennec Shand
Until now, Jon Favreau’s hotly-anticipated series The Mandalorian has been shrouded in mystery and wrapped in the traditional multitude of NDA red tape, but with the clock ticking down to its launch on Disney+ information about the project is finally starting to hit the wires.
Case in point, a new Disney+ teaser has gifted us our first look at Ming-Na Wen’s mysterious new character. Facing off against Pedro Pascal’s notorious Mandalorian warrior she delivers a somewhat ironic line: “Your name will be legendary.” as the teaser comes to a close. Ordinarily, this would be the end of the revelations, but in an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, the actor has blown the mystery wide open by revealing her character’s name and eluded to her backstory.
Meet Fennec Shand.
“We got our inspiration really from the name. The idea of a fennec fox came to mind,” Wen told Vanity Fair. “She’s tricky, and yet she’s able to manoeuvre and survive, and be stealthy—so very graceful and agile. I just love that whole image with the name. Thinking that she’s a mercenary, it can go either way,” Wen continued. “I think it remains to be seen. She is definitely someone who’s loyal to herself. She has quite a few weapons because she’s a very skilled fighter,” Wen said. “Just her body is a weapon in and of itself. And she does carry…a big, big gun. A big boy.”
Fennec Shand made her name committing murder for the galaxy’s top crime syndicates, so she’s much closer to the sinister side than the wisecracking smuggler.
The plot of The Mandalorian follows Pedro Pascal’s Mandalorian bounty hunter after he accepts a bounty from a mysterious client (played by Werner Herzog) who wears an Empire insignia around his neck, then goes on to encounter a former Rebel Shock Trooper Cara Dune (Gina Carano), a jowly Ugnaught alien named Kuiil (voiced by Nick Nolte), and a killer droid IG-11 (voiced by Taika Waititi), among other underworld denizens.
Exciting times are coming to the galaxy far, far away. Read the entire interview for yourself here:
The Mandalorian launches on Disney+ from November 12th.
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