• What you can watch on Disney+ at launch in the UK
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    What you can watch on Disney+ at launch in the UK

    Here’s what you can expect to see on Disney+ on day one in the UK.

  • ‘The Mandalorian': Meet the Actor Who Punched the $5 Million Baby Yoda
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    ‘The Mandalorian': Meet the Actor Who Punched the $5 Million Baby Yoda

    Adam Pally is a lifelong “Star Wars” fan who got the chance of a lifetime when he was cast to play a Scout Trooper on “The Mandalorian.” What he didn’t know at the time is that he would do something that would make his character more hated than Jar Jar: he had to punch Baby Yoda.Pally appeared in the Disney+ show’s season finale alongside Jason Sudekis as a pair of scouts tasked with delivering the powerfully Force sensitive Baby Yoda to Moff Gideon, played by Giancarlo Esposito. Pally’s scout, curious about why the alien child was so wanted, stuck his finger out at Baby Yoda, who bit it. In response, Pally gives Baby Yoda a hard jab.According to Entertainment Weekly, Pally was asked about the scene at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour on Saturday, where he was promoting the upcoming NBC comedy “Indebted.” Pally said that his friend and “Mandalorian” showrunner Jon Favreau offered the cameo role to him simply by telling him that he “needed somebody to do something special.”Also Read: Why 'The Mandalorian' Saved 'Star Wars': Starlight Runner CEO on Building Buzz Around a StoryAnd while it was a dream come true for Pally to put on the Scout Trooper’s helmet, he got very nervous after he did the first take of the punch when Favreau told him that the Baby Yoda puppet he was decking “costs, like, $5 million.”“‘So while I want you to hit it, I just want you to know that,'” Pally recalled Favreau telling him. “I think I took a big swing at it. And the next three takes I missed, because I was so nervous.”Also Read: Whose Voices Were Those at the End of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'?But the little green monster had it coming. “I gotta tell you, the truth is that Baby Yoda is a bit of a diva,” Pally quipped. “He’s constantly vaping.”Pally will appear on “Indebted” when it premieres on NBC on Feb. 6. Season 2 of “The Mandalorian” is set for release on Disney+ this fall.Read original story ‘The Mandalorian': Meet the Actor Who Punched the $5 Million Baby Yoda At TheWrap

  • Visual Effects Society Nominates ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and Baby Yoda
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    Visual Effects Society Nominates ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and Baby Yoda

    “Alita: Battle Angel,” “The Lion King” and “Toy Story 4” lead all films in nominations for the Visual Effects Society’s 18th annual VES Awards, which were announced on Tuesday morning. Those three films received five nominations each in the 25 categories encompassing film, television and special projects.But two television shows, “Game of Thrones” and “The Mandalorian,” received six nominations each to lead all projects. Three of the nominations for “The Mandalorian” were for the character of “The Child,” better known to fans of the show as Baby Yoda, or for the episode that bears his name.In the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature category, the VES category that corresponds most closely to the Oscars’ Best Visual Effects category, the nominees were “Alita: Battle Angel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Gemini Man,” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and “The Lion King.” All five of those films are on the Oscars shortlist for visual effects.Also Read: Baby Yoda Movie? Bob Iger Says Disney+ 'Star Wars' TV Shows Could Become FilmsTwo other films on that shortlist, “1917” and “The Irishman,” were nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Effects in a Photoreal Feature category. Another two films shortlisted by the Academy, “Terminator: Dark Fate” and “Captain Marvel,” received single VES nominations.The final shortlisted film, “Cats,” was not nominated by the VES.In addition to “The Mandalorian” and the final season of “Game of Thrones,” television shows with multiple nominations included “Stranger Things,” “Lost in Space” and “Lady and the Tramp.”Last year, four of the five nominees for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature category went on to receive Oscar nominations.The one that did not, “First Man,” was nominated by the VES for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, and went on to win the Oscar.Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' Lands on Oscars Visual Effects Shortlist, 'Bombshell' Leads Makeup & HairstylingOver the first 17 years of the VES Awards, almost 75% of the Oscar nominees have first been nominated in that category by the VES.The 18th annual VES Awards will take place on Jan. 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Also at the ceremony, director Roland Emmerich will receive the VES Visionary Award, Martin Scorsese will be given the VES Lifetime Achievement Award and VFX supervisor Sheena Duggal will receive the VES Award for Creative Excellence.For the full list of nominated VES artists in each category, check the VES website.The nominees:Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature “Alita: Battle Angel” “Avengers: Endgame” “Gemini Man” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” “The Lion King”Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature “1917” “Ford v Ferrari” “Joker” “The Aeronauts” “The Irishman”Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature “Frozen II” “Klaus” “Missing Link” “The Lego Movie 2” “Toy Story 4”Also Read: 'Missing Link' Team Says Why Creating 'Little Avocado With a Face' Was Most Complicated Thing Laika's DoneOutstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode “Game of Thrones”: “The Bells” “His Dark Materials”: “The Fight to the Death” “Lady and the Tramp” “Lost in Space”: Episode: Ninety-Seven “Stranger Things”: “Chapter Six: E Pluribus Unum” “The Mandalorian”: “The Child”Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode “Chernobyl”: 1:23:45 “Living With Yourself”: “Nice Knowing You” “See”: “Godflame” “The Crown”: “Aberfan” “Vikings”: “What Happens in the Cave”Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project “Call of Duty Modern Warfare” “Control” “Gears 5” “Myth: A Frozen Tale” “Vader Immortal: Episode I”Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial Anthem “Conviction” BMW “Legend” Hennessy: “The Seven Worlds” PlayStation: “Feel The Power of Pro” Purdey’s: “Hummingbird”Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project “Avengers: Damage Control” “Jurassic World: The Ride” “Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run” “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance” “Universal Sphere”Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature “Alita: Battle Angel”: Alita “Avengers: Endgame”: Smart Hulk “Gemini Man”: Junior “The Lion King”: ScarOutstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature “Frozen II”: The Water Nøkk “Klaus”: Jesper “Missing Link”: Susan “Toy Story 4”: Bo PeepOutstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project “Lady and the Tramp”: Tramp “Stranger Things 3”: Tom/Bruce Monster “The Mandalorian”: The Child; Mudhorn “The Umbrella Academy”: Pilot; PogoOutstanding Animated Character in a Commercial “Apex Legend”: Meltdown; Mirage “Churchill”: Churchie “Cyberpunk 2077”: Dex “John Lewis”: Excitable Edgar; EdgarOutstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature “Aladdin”: Agrabah “Alita: Battle Angel”: Iron City “Motherless Brooklyn”: Penn Station “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”: Pasaana Desert “The Lion King”: The PridelandsOutstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature “Frozen II”: Giants’ Gorge “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”: The Hidden World “Missing Link”: Passage to India Jungle “Toy Story 4”: Antiques MallOutstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project “Game of Thrones”: The Iron Throne; Red Keep Plaza “Lost in Space”: Precipice; The Trench “The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance”: The Endless Forest Tthe Mandalorian”: Nevarro TownOutstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project “Alita: Battle Angel” “The Lion King” “The Mandalorian”: The Prisoner; The Roost “Toy Story 4”Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project “Lost in Space”: The Resolute “Missing Link”: The Manchuria “The Man in the High Castle”: Rocket Train “The Mandalorian”: The Sin; The RazorcrestOutstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature “Dumbo”: Bubble Elephants “Spider-Man: Far From Home”: Molten Man “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” “The Lion King”Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature “Abominable” “Frozen II” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”: Water and Waterfalls “Toy Story 4”Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project “Game of Thrones”: The Bells “Hennessy: The Seven Worlds” “Lost in Space”: Precipice; Water Planet “Stranger Things 3”: Melting Tom/Bruce “The Mandalorian”: The Child; MudhornOutstanding Compositing in a Feature “Alita: Battle Angel” “Avengers: Endgame” “Captain Marvel”: Young Nick Fury “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” “The Irishman”Outstanding Compositing in an Episode “Game of Thrones”: The Bells “Game of Thrones”: The Long Night; Dragon Ground Battle “Stranger Things 3”: Starcourt Mall Battle “Watchmen”: Pilot; Looking GlassOutstanding Compositing in a Commercial “BMW Legend” “Feeding America; I Am Hunger in America” “Hennessy; The Seven Worlds” “PlayStation: Feel the Power of Pro”Outstanding Special (Practical) Effects in a Photoreal or Animated Project “Aladdin”: Magic Carpet “Game of Thrones”: The Bells “Terminator: Dark Fate” “The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance”: “She Knows All the Secrets”Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project “Downfall” “Love and Fifty Megatons” “Oeil Pour Oeil” “The Beauty”Read original story Visual Effects Society Nominates ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and Baby Yoda At TheWrap

  • ‘The Mandalorian': What You Need to Know About Moff Gideon’s Weird Sword
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    ‘The Mandalorian': What You Need to Know About Moff Gideon’s Weird Sword

    (Spoilers ahead for the season finale, “Chapter 8,” of “The Mandalorian” on Disney+)We have now reached the end of the first season of the first ever live-action “Star Wars” TV show, “The Mandalorian.” It’s been a bit of a weird ride, with eight short episodes and not that much story to tell, but at least we know that Disney is doing a second season that might have a little more plot. Regardless, the season finale, “Chapter 8,” ends with quite the surprising reference to another part of the “Star Wars” universe, with the new Big Bad of the show, Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), whipping out a pretty strange looking blade in the last scene.So this episode was, of course, all about the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and his friends trying to escape Moff Gideon and his legion of stormtroopers of various types. Baby Yoda takes a few lumps along the way, but they manage to eventually escape thanks to Mando’s new jetpack which he picks up on the way out of town. Our hero pulls quite a crazy move when Gideon, piloting a TIE Fighter, tries to take them out from the air.The Mando rockets up into the air and manages to get on top of the fighter, riding it like a bucking bronco. Eventually he manages to attach a couple explosives to the hull and jumps off, with Gideon’s TIE Fighter crashing to the ground. And the Mandalorian heads off to try to find some Jedi to hand Baby Yoda over to.Also Read: Whose Voices Were Those at the End of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'?But that’s not the end. Gideon survived the crash, and carves his way out of the wreckage with what looks very much like a black lightsaber. And the reason it looks like a black lightsaber is because that’s exactly what it is. Gideon is wielding the blade known as the Darksaber.This is a pretty obscure reference for everyone who didn’t watch the “Star Wars” cartoons, “Clone Wars” and “Rebels.” The Darksaber appeared in a handful of episodes of each show, and has a very long history. If you want the full history of this weapon, you should check out the Wookieepedia article about it — otherwise, I’ll give you the short version here.So the Darksaber has a lot of meaning for Mandalorians, because it was made a thousand years before any of the movies by a Mandalorian named Tarre Vizsla, who was also a Jedi. After Vizsla died, the Darksaber was kept at the Jedi temple on Coruscant, but was stolen by Mandalorians during a major period of upheaval in the Republic — we’re still hundreds of years before the movies here.Also Read: 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' - We Need to Talk About This Rose Tico SituationBy the time of the Clone Wars, the blade had fallen into the hands of Pre Vizsla, who led a rogue group of Mandalorians called the Death Watch who fought with the Separatists against the Republic. Darth Maul — who, yes, survived being cut in half in “The Phantom Menace — tired of Viszla’s shenanigans and power plays, challenged Viszla to a duel for ownership of the Darksaber and control of Death Watch, which he won. So Darth Maul used the Darksaber for a while, until he put it in storage on his home planet of Dathomir.Years later during the events of “Rebels,” the Darksaber was nabbed by heroes Sabine Wren and Kanan Jarrus. Wren, herself a Mandalorian, learned to use the sword and wielded it in battle for a while, before eventually handing it over to Bo-Katan Kryze, another Mandalorian, about a year before the events of the original “Star Wars” film. And that was the last we heard about the Darksaber until Moff Gideon used it.“The Mandalorian” takes place a few years after “Return of the Jedi,” so there’s probably seven or eight years between “Chapter 8” and when we last saw the Darksaber on “Rebels.” So we don’t know how Gideon ended up with it, but that’s a long time and anything could have happened since then. The fact that Gideon knew the Mando’s real name indicates he has had some run-ins with some other Mandalorians in the past, and it’s entirely possible that he killed Bo-Katan for it. But there’s no point in speculating further until we get more info.Also Read: 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' - How Exactly Did Emperor Palpatine Return From the Dead?Either way it’ll be interesting to see the Mando facing off against a personal enemy instead of just the random bad guys of the week the way most of his conflicts in Season 1 were. But it’s gonna be a long wait for Season 2.Read original story ‘The Mandalorian': What You Need to Know About Moff Gideon’s Weird Sword At TheWrap

  • ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 to Premiere in Fall 2020
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    ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 to Premiere in Fall 2020

    “The Mandalorian” dropped its first season finale Friday and just a few hours later, series creator Jon Favreau dropped some big news for fans of Disney+’s live-action “Star Wars” series: The second season will premiere in Fall 2020.“Season 2 of TheMandalorian coming Fall 2020,” Favreau tweeted, revealing that it’s gonna be a while until you get to see Baby Yoda again. The tweet also included a picture of a Gamorrean figurine, a species from within the “Star Wars” universe that was not featured in the first season of “The Mandalorian,” so maybe he’s teasing a Season 2 character here.Season 1 of the Pedro Pascal-led series premiered with the launch of Disney’s new streaming service Disney+ on Nov. 12. It consisted of eight episodes, which rolled out weekly on Fridays, with the exception of Episode 1, which dropped on a Tuesday (the day Disney+ launched) and Episode 7, which was released on Wednesday, Dec. 18.Also Read: 'The Mandalorian': What You Need to Know About Moff Gideon's Weird SwordFavreau has openly talked about “The Mandalorian” Season 2 being a sure thing multiple times, saying in July he was already writing the next batch of episodes, telling Entertainment Weekly in September that he wants to direct a Season 2 episode and revealing Nov. 13 he was back on set.Though Disney+ has been quiet on the Season 2 front until now, representatives for the streaming service confirmed to TheWrap Friday both the renewal and premiere date are accurate.See Favreau’s tweet below.Also Read: Giancarlo Esposito on Baby Yoda and Joining 'Star Wars' Franchise in 'The Mandalorian' | VideoSeason 2 of TheMandalorian coming Fall 2020 pic.twitter.com/8VQYLDMQ0V— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) December 27, 2019Read original story ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 to Premiere in Fall 2020 At TheWrap

  • What will happen to the 'Star Wars' franchise after 'The Rise of Skywalker'?
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    What will happen to the 'Star Wars' franchise after 'The Rise of Skywalker'?

    'The Rise of Skywalker' brings the main 'Star Wars' saga to an end after more than 40 years, leaving many questions about what comes next.

  • J.J. Abrams Says Baby Yoda Will Not Appear in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
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    J.J. Abrams Says Baby Yoda Will Not Appear in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    J.J. Abrams Says Baby Yoda Won't Be in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

  • Newborns dressed as Baby Yoda by hospital staffers are a holiday delight
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    Newborns dressed as Baby Yoda by hospital staffers are a holiday delight

    Newborns at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pennsylvania are stealing the hearts of Star Wars lovers everywhere after being dressed up as Baby Yoda.

  • Baby Yoda Plush Dolls Are Available to Order – But Won’t Arrive Until May
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    Baby Yoda Plush Dolls Are Available to Order – But Won’t Arrive Until May

    Rejoice, “Star Wars” fans will. Baby Yoda plush dolls will be available to order beginning on Tuesday. But before you buy the adorable scene-stealer of “The Mandalorian” as a stocking-stuffer for the holidays, there is one catch.

  • Rian Johnson wants to direct a season 2 episode of 'The Mandalorian'
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    Rian Johnson wants to direct a season 2 episode of 'The Mandalorian'

    Rian Johnson absolutely adores The Mandalorian, and he wants to direct an episode of its second season.

  • Mixed reviews for 'Star Wars' spin-off series 'The Mandalorian'
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    Mixed reviews for 'Star Wars' spin-off series 'The Mandalorian'

    Despite some early technical issues, Disney launched its ambitious new streaming platform Disney+ yesterday, and with it came its flagship show, the Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian.

  • Disney+'s 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' series was spawned from axed Stephen Daldry movie
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    Disney+'s 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' series was spawned from axed Stephen Daldry movie

    Back in 2017, it was announced that British director Stephen Daldry, maker of movies like Billy Elliot and Netflix hit The Crown, had signed up to make a standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi movie.

  • DisneyLife will be rebranded as Disney+ in the UK
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    DisneyLife will be rebranded as Disney+ in the UK

    DisneyLife launched in the UK back in 2015, and is still open to UK consumers until Disney+ launches here next year.

  • Disney boss Bob Iger confirms 'Star Wars' movie 'hiatus'
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    Disney boss Bob Iger confirms 'Star Wars' movie 'hiatus'

    Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that he plans to put the Star Wars movies into a 'hiatus' after the release of episode nine, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

  • Disney unveils UK release date for streaming platform Disney+
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    Disney unveils UK release date for streaming platform Disney+

    Disney+, the new streaming platform from Disney, will launch in the UK on March 31, 2020, the studio has confirmed.

  • 'Star Wars': Ewan McGregor teases plot details of Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off series
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    'Star Wars': Ewan McGregor teases plot details of Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off series

    While we await The Mandalorian, Ewan McGregor has teased details of the planned Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney's new streaming platform Disney+.

  • Stunning new trailer for 'Star Wars' spin-off 'The Mandalorian' dials up the action
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    Stunning new trailer for 'Star Wars' spin-off 'The Mandalorian' dials up the action

    Anyone still on the fence over whether they're more excited about The Mandalorian than they are about The Rise of Skywalker has probably just had their minds made up.

  • Early reactions to 'The Mandalorian' first-look footage are in and critics are raving
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    Early reactions to 'The Mandalorian' first-look footage are in and critics are raving

    After the first trailer for Star War spin-off series The Mandalorian landed at the Disney expo event D23 in August, buzz has started to build for director Jon Favreau's take on the galaxy far, far away.

  • Disney Life to continue in the UK 'for some time' while we wait for Disney+
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    Disney Life to continue in the UK 'for some time' while we wait for Disney+

    Those waiting for the announcement of when Disney+, the new Disney streaming platform, will be launching in the UK may be waiting a little while yet.

  • 'Star Wars': Everything we learned about 'The Rise of Skywalker' and 'The Mandalorian' from the Triple Force Friday toys
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    'Star Wars': Everything we learned about 'The Rise of Skywalker' and 'The Mandalorian' from the Triple Force Friday toys

    Daisy Riley, John Boyega, Billy Dee Williams help unveil a slew of new toys that shed light on new characters, vehicles, battles and planets.

  • Galaxy of 'Star Wars' talent uniting to unleash merchandise and info about new film, game and TV series
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    Galaxy of 'Star Wars' talent uniting to unleash merchandise and info about new film, game and TV series

    Expect a barrage of 'Star Wars' updates about 'The Rise of Skywalker', 'The Mandalorian', and 'Fallen Order'on Thursday.

  • 'The Mandalorian' director Bryce Dallas Howard got expert 'Star Wars' advice from George Lucas
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    'The Mandalorian' director Bryce Dallas Howard got expert 'Star Wars' advice from George Lucas

    Bryce Dallas Howard reveals the expert advice that she got from George Lucas ahead of directing The Mandalorian.

  • The Star Wars 'Kenobi' series will take place eight years after 'Revenge of the Sith'
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    The Star Wars 'Kenobi' series will take place eight years after 'Revenge of the Sith'

    With Ewan McGregor now officially on board to reprise his role as the young (ish) Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new TV spin-off, we're now getting details of where the show will sit in the Star Wars universe.

  • 'Rocky IV' stars Dolph Lundgren and Carl Weathers reunite for 'rematch'
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    'Rocky IV' stars Dolph Lundgren and Carl Weathers reunite for 'rematch'

    “Is it East versus West, or man against man?” asked soft rock legends Survivor in the rousing Rocky IV theme tune Burning Heart.

  • Ming-Na Wen confirms role in ‘The Mandalorian’
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    Ming-Na Wen confirms role in ‘The Mandalorian’

    Ming-Na Wen has joined the cast of The Mandalorian, and the self-confessed Star Wars geek is understandably ecstatic.