The Mothership podcast: Janina Gavankar gives life to a different kind of ‘Star Wars’ hero

Even the evil Empire in Star Wars had its own heroes, and actress Janina Gavankar is giving life to a great one.

In this week’s episode of The Mothership, USA TODAY’s geek culture podcast, Gavankar comes aboard to talk about her voiceover role as Iden Versio in the video game Star Wars: Battlefront II (out Nov. 14). Versio is commander of the Imperial special forces unit Inferno Squad and has to deal with the aftermath of the Rebels’ stunning defeat of the Empire at the end of Return of the Jedi. Gavankar discusses her character as well as her favorite video games and stance on porgs, the cute new creatures in the upcoming movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

And in our Nerd Alert segment, Brett and Brian discuss the departure of longtime Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis to rival DC Comics and ponder what icons Bendis should tackle in his new gig.

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The Mothership is USA TODAY’s podcast that covers all things nerdy in pop culture. Hosted by tech reporter Brett Molina, film critic Brian Truitt and entertainment writer Kelly Lawler, each week our roundtable of experts dissects the latest in geek culture, from superhero movies to sci-fi TV shows to the latest and greatest video games. We’re saving the world from bad comic-book adaptations every Friday on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud and Stitcher.

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