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‘The Mandalorian’ Cast WWE Star Sasha Banks Through An Instagram Direct Message

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Sasha Banks was cast for Star WarsThe Mandalorian in a different kind of way.

The 28-year-old WWE star and actress was approached by a casting director from Disney+ on social media.

Talking with The Hollywood Reporter, she explained, “One day, for some reason, I was going through my Instagram DMs, which I normally don’t go through, and a casting director message me and said, ‘Jon Favreau really wants to interview you for something for Disney.

I got a FaceTime call from him and he told me about The Mandalorian. I just couldn’t even believe it. At the click of my fingers, we were shooting on set and not it’s here. It’s so awesome.”

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Banks, real name Mercedes Varndao, saves Baby Yoda in one episode, which she says, “It was so incredibly coll when I found out that I was going to save him. I just wanted to cry and scream… At the same time, it was so, so hard because that pram is really heavy and with my beskar on as well, it was hard. So he should be really thankful – and I think he is – that I saved him.”

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