Unbelievably, after absolutely smashing it portraying the live action version of her The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels character Bo-Katan, Katee Sackhoff wasn’t 100% sure she’d be the living embodiment of the character and thought for a moment she might be recast with a marquee star like Scarlet Johansson.
I’ve had a beautiful career and there have been great things. But, I’ve seen people around me get that big, huge, massive thing and you go “Wow, so proud of them, so excited for them. It’s amazing, ’cause if it happens to someone else, there’s still hope, right, that it can happen to you? But, it never happened to me, like that big, huge thing had never happened, so I always joked, “of course they’ll recast it, they’ll probably hire Scarlett Johansson.” But when Mandalorian came out and I saw [Dave Filoni] at Celebration. I made a joke about Bo-Katan, ya know, “wink wink, nudge, nudge.” I’ve been playing characters like this for 15 years, buddy. I never really thought it would happen. I was just sort of joking. It was this moment where I was always just joking and when a phone call came in that Jon Favreau wanted to sit down with me, I almost had a heart attack. It took me halfway through that meeting that he was actually talking about me doing Bo-Katan. I remember sitting across from him, just this total out-of-body experience, thinking, “Oh, those are pictures of me on the wall.” What is happening? I still to this day, I’m still pinching myself. My mind is blown. They believed that I could and they ultimately let me.