Long before she took on the role of Fennec Shand, Boba Fett’s partner-in-crime in the new Disney + series Book of Boba Fett, Ming-Na played Wen Chun-Li in Jean-Claude Van Dammes Street Fighter.
That film has since become a cult classic, thanks largely to the weird timing of the late Raul Julia, but it also had an oversized impact on Wen’s career, preparing her for roles on genre shows like Agents of SHIELD and Book of Boba Fett.
In a recent interview with IGN, Wen recalls Street Fighter’s demanding training schedule that nearly drove her out of action.
“Street Fighter came about many, many moons ago, and it was one of my first forays into the action movie genre, and I remember it being an incredibly intense workout and training schedule, battling many, many tough, tough days. And I remember saying to myself: ‘I will never want to do an action project again,’ says Wen.
Whom has focused primarily on voice acting since then, her most famous role being Mulan, but her appearances on Agents of SHIELD and now Book of Boba Fett prove that “never should never be said,” she says.
“I’m so grateful to Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, I’m so grateful to be Fennec now; I’m thankfull [Street Fighter] laid the foundation for me by being able to do half the things I can do now in combat and on the move, and being able to do that kind of genre. I love it, ”says Wen.
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Book of Boba Fett follows the eponymous bounty hunter on his quest to take control of the underworld of Tatooine after the death of Jabba the Hutt. It’s a spin-off from The Mandalorian that includes appearances by Boba Fett and Fennec Shand. In our review of the first episode, we named Wen’s performance one of the highlights of an otherwise slow episode.
In the meantime, check out the secret story behind the episode 2 cameo and learn how Boba Fett escaped the Sarlaac pit.
Kat Bailey is IGN’s Senior News Editor