The Mandalorian was setting up big things for Gina Carano’s Cara Dune. She was supposedly going to appear in Rangers of the New Republic, and the events of the second season of The Mandalorian certainly seemed to support that. However, after the actress’s barrage of incendiary social media posts got her fired, Disney and Lucasfilm have completely erased her character from the Star Wars universe. Now, we have an even clearer idea of what this change is going to look like and how it is going to affect the Star Wars universe as a whole.
Industry insider Daniel Richtman brings word that Disney has taken things a step further and banned Gina Carano’s gun-toting heroine from appearing in anything Star Wars. That means the character won’t appear in books, comics, games, etc. She is just gone. This lines up with previous reports that Lucasfilm is simply going to ignore Cara Dune in future Star Wars stories. Still, please take this with a grain of salt until we have something a bit more concrete. Richtman’s scoops have proven accurate in the past, but confirmation from the studio is something we are still waiting to hear.
Gina Carano has since spoken out about her firing, claiming that Lucasfilm bullied her and thus fueling the notion that Disney is left-leaning. There is a conversation worth having about certain celebrities adopting a victim complex and how that could be problematic, especially if it is attached to a celebrity that has been a subject of controversy when it comes to their beliefs and their factual support.
Now, Gina Carano is pivoting and teaming up with conservative commentator and The Daily Wire founder/editor Ben Shapiro for content tailored to his subscribers. She is positioning herself as a victim of bullying, which could be seen as interesting given some of the stances she took on social media. Her continued use of her platform ended up having her face the consequences of her free speech.
It is a shame because Gina Carano was a huge part of The Mandalorian. She played a consequential role in both seasons of the show, even if she did not appear in every episode. And honestly, her character was really likable, too. It is upsetting that she was scrapped, but it’s also very reasonable on Disney’s part to cut ties with someone who ignores their warnings and continues to court so much controversy. She was accused of continuing to promote theories regarding election fraud, disparaging marginalized groups through jokes, and showcased anti-mask sentiments that questioned the legitimacy of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coupling this with her steadfast and often combative attitude on social media seems to have been the straw that broke Disney’s back.
It will be interesting to see how fans continue to respond to this situation. All of this comes after a Change.org petition organized last month served as an early reflection of how some fans feel about Gina Carano’s firing. The outrage continues, even though Disney continues to make it abundantly clear that they want nothing to do with Carano or her character.
So, basically: If you are a Star Wars fan who found Gina Carano’s actions problematic (like many fans did), you can rejoice knowing that she will not be a part of that galaxy far, far away anymore.