Among the ‘Star Wars’ actors that Michelle Ang rubbed elbows with at the ‘Star Wars Celebration’ in Los Angeles was Temuera Morrison, the New Zealand film and television icon whose role as Jango Fett in ‘Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones”. led to the creation not only of the Clone Troopers in the film and subsequent big screen episodes, but also of the clone characters in the Star Wars animated series – including the members of The Bad Batch and Omega. Morrison also took on the role of the adult version of Jango Fett’s son Boba Fett in Disney+’s live-action Star Wars series The Book of Boba Fett.
Ang was, of course, more than thrilled not only to meet The Clone Father, Morrison, but also to share the legacy of the New Zealand touch the actor brought to the Star Wars franchise. “Tem is an icon [not only] because of his identity as a “clone father”, but also just as an actor. and [for actors] In New Zealand, circles are small,” Ang told Looper. “I’m so excited to continue this legacy of the accent in the ‘Star Wars’ world… What a privilege.”
Recalling first meeting Morrison in Los Angeles and again in her home country, Ang said that no matter where she is in the actor’s presence, she always feels at home. “His greeting is ‘kia ora’ – it’s Māori – and it felt like family, real family, because I said, ‘Hey, Tem!'” Ang gushed. “New Zealand is small, feels very easygoing on. I’m pleased that the Accent’s legacy maintains its integrity as we explore this with this unusual clone [Omega].”
Season 2 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch streams exclusively on Disney+, with new episodes of the series premiering every Wednesday through March 29.