LA Comic-Con 2021: Spotlight on The Mandalorian featuring Ming-Na Wen and Giancarlo Esposito


This is the way! Last Sunday was a big one for Star Wars fans as LA Comic-Con presented a spotlight on Disney+ and Lucasfilm’s “The Mandalorian”. The panel featured two of the show’s biggest stars, Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand) and Moff Gideon himself, Giancarlo Esposito.


Moderator Stephen Kramer Glickman kicked off the panel by asking how the stars’ careers have changed since joining the Star Wars universe. “My career’s changed quite a bit,” shared Esposito, “I have always wanted to wield a darksaber, I’ve always wanted to swing a cape around. I’m like a kid in a candy store.” Ming-Na took the opportunity to thank the fans for making her fantasy become a reality and noted that Fennec will soon be returning in “The Book of Boba Fett” on Disney+.


It was also revealed that the two stars were recently inducted into the 501st Legion, the largest Star Wars cosplay group in the world. Named after a specific battalion of clones from the Star Wars universe, the 501st is responsible for hosting various fan and charity events all over the world. Several members have appeared onscreen in the first two seasons of The Mandalorian.


The two were then asked if they had gotten the chance to take anything from set once they’d wrapped. Esposito shared that they would “get busted big time” for taking anything from set, though he was given a one of a kind set of Mandalorian challenge coins personally gifted to him by series creator Jon Favreau. He then told a delightful story of how he had eventually given them all away as gifts to fans. Ming-Na shared that she hadn’t yet gotten the opportunity to take anything, but that for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. she had been given her entire wardrobe upon wrapping the show. She said that she hopes that will be the case one day with “Mandalorian”, but that for now it’s all under lock and key.


Ming-Na was also asked if she could provide any hint as to what the future may have in store for Fennec in “The Book of Boba Fett”. Saldy, she could only tell us that the show will be streaming on Disney+ December 29th.