Gina Carano is IMDb's second most popular star. Is it because of the controversy around her?
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Gina Carano has been stirring up a ton of controversy over the past few months. The #FireGinaCarano movement has been trying to get her removed from her role as Cara dune on The Mandalorian. This is because she has expressed a number of viewpoints like being anti-mask, anti-vaccination, and calling into question mail-in ballots for the 2020 presidential election. However, it seems like any attention is good attention because the actress is being rewarded for her stance thanks to the Internet Movie Database.
IMDb has a Top Star Meter which gauges the amount of interest in celebrity profiles on their platform. As of now, Gina Carano is sitting in second place behind Anya Taylor-Joy. Exactly what this translates to in terms of actual popularity or awareness from mainstream audiences is unclear. However, it is clear that more people are checking Carano’s IMDb profile in the wake of her controversial statements and her appearance in the second season of The Mandalorian.
To be honest, it is murky as to how prominent the two camps are in this debate surrounding Gina Carano. There is a contingent that wants her fired and a group that is supporting her in every way. All of this has been going on through social media, but there has not been any kind of official pressure from the press on either side of the argument. With The Mandalorian about to air its final episode this Friday, the future of Carano’s Cara Dune will better come into focus. Could she continue on into the third season? Or is she possibly going to get her own spinoff show?
There is speculation that Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic is set to star Gina Carano as Cara Dune. However, there have been rumblings that Disney wants the actress to make some kind of public apology regarding her opinions on social media before they agree to have her star in her own Star Wars series. Whether this is true or not is unknown, but it will be a subject that the company will have to broach if they decide to have Carano do press for any upcoming projects.
The Star Wars universe is about to reach its most expansive media point yet, and whether or not Gina Carano ends up playing a key role in those plans remains to be seen. Fans were very on board with the character of Cara Dune when she made her debut in The Mandalorian‘s fourth episode, “Sanctuary”. However, her consistent support of certain views has made fans draw a line in the sand regarding her involvement in future Star Wars projects. Will this controversy stay potent or will it die off if Carano stops being as active on social media?
Regardless, it is clear that people are curious and interested in Gina Carano as far as IMDb is concerned. It will be fascinating to see if that popularity is able to maintain itself as the actress’s future within the Star Wars universe remains to be revealed. And if she does end up headlining her own Star Wars show, we will have to see if she is able to continue showcasing her opinions on social media in the fashion she has so far.