On the most recent episode of The Mandalorian, Chapter 11 “The Heiress”, Katee Sackhoff brought her Star Wars animated character Bo-Katan into live-action. Sackhoff has been a fan of the Star Wars franchise her entire life and she spoke a bit about her beloved character.
“It’s pretty surreal to be honest,” Katee Sackhoff told ET. “This character has been a part of my life for so long and it is incredibly special and rare to be able to play her in live action. So, there’s a lot of nerves that come along with that.”
“So, when Bo-Katan came around, it was just an opportunity to exist in the world and to really just live out a childhood imagination and fantasy,” Katee Sackhoff shared. “And over the years, she’s become very important to not only to myself because I’ve played her for so long and I’ve really seen her grow up as a character and she just means a lot to me, she’s also been the character I’ve played the longest.”
Bo-Katan was originally introduced in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series in 2012 during season four. Bo-Katan, who was initially a member of the Mandalorian extremist group Death Watch, grew to become the leader of Mandalore and fight for her people. Bo-Katan worked with fan-favorite, former padawan Ahsoka Tano in the final season of Clone Wars to defeat Darth Maul taking back the darksaber and throne of Mandalore.
In Star Wars Rebels, Bo-Katan was featured in season four when Sabine, a Mandalorian and rebel, gave her the darksaber to take back Mandalore from the Empire. In The Mandalorian episode Bo-Katan is searching for Moff Gideon who we learned in the first season finale is in possession of the darksaber. Katee Sackhoff spoke a bit about the process of bringing Bo-Katan to the world of The Mandalorian and live action Star Wars.
KATEE SACKHOFF TALKS ABOUT BRINGING BO-KATAN TO THE MANDALORIAN
“Playing her in Clone Wars and Rebels was a dream come true,” Katee Sackhoff said. “So, I sort of mentioned it to Dave Filoni when I saw him at one point and he’s like, ‘Well, you never know,’ in his cheeky little way that he does. And then when I got a phone call to sit down with Jon Favreau, I think my brain exploded.”
“I really wanted to see how Bo-Katan could fit into this world and it took a lot of conversations and a lot of understanding timelines and that meant talking to Dave and John quite a bit,” Katee Sackhoff continued. “The three of us would really powwow and be like, ‘Would she say this? Would she walk like this? What would she do? Because we know this happened, do we sense that in her voice at this moment because that happened eight years ago?’ It’s really pulling from a vast amount of source material because she’s been around for so long.”
Bo-Katan is not the first character from other Star Wars stories to appear in The Mandalorian this season, with Cobb Vanth from the “Aftermath” book trilogy and fan favorite Boba Fett from the original films making an appearance in the second season premiere. And she likely won’t be the last, with Ahsoka Tano’s appearance seeming more inevitable than ever, given that Bo-Katan pointed Mando in her direction.
Bo-Katan was working with two other Mandalorians, one of whom is played by wrestler Sasha Banks, to retrieve stolen weapons from the remnants of The Empire. It should come as no surprise that Bo-Katan wants to retrieve the darksaber and take back control of her home after the fall of The Empire. Although much of what happened to Mandalore is still a mystery hopefully more will be revealed in the coming episodes.
Katee Sackhoff clearly loves this character as do many fans and the actress is definitely open to reprising the role again. “There’s so many different places to go off and find. There’s so many stories and so many interesting characters to go after that I have no idea, but I would love to play this character as long as she has a story.” You can watch ET’s full interview with Katee Sackhoff below.
FULL KATEE SACKHOFF INTERVIEW WITH ET
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Source: ET Online