Mandalorian’s Ming-Na Wen had no idea Boba Fett would save Fennec Shand
Mandalorian star Ming-Na Wen says she had no idea Boba Fett would save Fennec Shand after being shot in the guts by Toro Calican in Season 1.
The MandalorianMing-Na Wen reveals that she had no idea Boba Fett would save Fennec Shand. The Disney + hit season 1 introduced many intriguing new characters to the Star wars the universe, including the mercenary Shand.
Fans got their first glimpse of Fennec Shand in The Mandalorianthe fifth episode of “The Gunslinger”. In the episode, Din Djarin landed on Tatooine in a damaged Razor Crest and reluctantly teamed up with a green bounty hunter named Toro Calican who sought to enter the guild by collecting on Shand. Calican indeed ended up shooting Shand, apparently killing her, before being himself killed by Djarin. Famously, the episode ended with a caped figure approaching Shand’s seemingly lifeless body. Fans immediately concluded that the mysterious cloak wearer must have been Boba Fett, but this was only confirmed when the Mandalorian Season 2 episode “The Tragedy”, in which it was revealed that Fett saved Shand’s life by giving him cybernetic implants, a favor Shand did him by becoming Fett’s partner in his quest to regain his lost armor.
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The story of the Fennec Shand / Boba Fett has indeed proven to be an interesting and effective way not only to reintroduce the famous bounty hunter Fett into the Star wars universe, but also establish a new character in Shand. It turns out that Wen herself had no idea where things were going when she filmed the Season 1 episode that led her to Star wars traditions. The actress once said that she Mandalorian his role was supposed to be one-off, but thanks to a combination of factors, including his lobbying for his return, he was later expanded. Speaking recently to ComicBook.com, Wen again pointed out how in the dark she was about Shand’s ultimate fate when she first played the role:
“I had no idea… I of course tried very hard. You know how to suggest that she is only badly injured, but I had no idea that Boba Fett was coming to save her. It blew me away. . They didn’t even tell me … to wait and find out that it was all just wonderful and magical surprises, like winning the golden ticket. “
Winning the role of Fennec Shand has indeed turned into a career boon for Wen. Not only did she get an engagement back on The Mandalorian, she is expected to star alongside Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett in the new Disney + show Boba Fett’s book. Secrecy surrounds Boba Fett’s book but it was recently revealed by Morrison himself that the show would dig into Boba Fett’s unseen backstory. Wen herself has little to say about the new show as details are being kept under wraps, but she recently gave a hint about her character’s costume, joking that Shand “likes her outfit very much, because she wears it quite often. “
It is of course no surprise that Wen was kept in the dark about Fennec Shand’s ultimate fate when she first starred as The Mandalorian. Indeed, it is likely that Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni themselves weren’t quite sure whether Shand was alive or dead, or who this mysterious caped figure was. At the time, Disney could have chosen to stay out of reintroducing old ones Star wars characters like Fett in favor of creating new ones. It is a matter of debate if they finally made the right decision in completing The Mandalorian season 2 with familiar characters from various Star wars Properties. But their plan does indeed seem set in stone now, as the future is about Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Cassian Andor, and other recycled characters. Fortunately, there is also room for an original character like Fennec Shand, who in addition to his live appearances is also featured in the animated show. The bad lot.
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