The Mandalorian newcomer Sasha Banks reveals her one-of-a-kind casting process

The Star Wars and WWE universes collided in a big way with Sasha Banks’ – real name Mercedes Varnado – introduction as Koska Reeves in The Mandalorian season 2. But it’s how the Superstar got the gig that might raise some eyebrows – and it involves chicken wings. Speaking to Variety, Banks revealed how she was cast: “So Jon Favreau came to me because he watched an interview that I did with Hot Ones. And he really liked me and got my contact information. Then on FaceTime he asked me to be part of The Mandalorian. I was like, ‘Well, I cannot say no,’ but I was so incredibly nervous.”



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