Last week, Lucasilm fired Gina Carano from The Mandalorian, stating that the actress will no longer be a part of the Star Wars universe in any capacity. But what about her The Mandalorian character, Cara Dune? Will she be recast in the future, or is the character now simply gone for good? According to The Hollywood Reporter’s source at Lucasfilm, the studio has no intentions to recast Cara Dune.
Recently, Cara Duna action figures were pulled from stock on Amazon. Hasbro has canceled the creation of future Cara Dune action figures. It seems that at this point, Disney and all companies involved are not just distancing themselves from Gina Carano but from her character on the hit show.
While Lucasfilm may be able to do their best to move Cara Dune to the background, Gina Carano is getting more attention than ever. Her agent dropped her, but she is still active on Twitter. She has been giving updates about her career and interviews about her experience with Disney. She has said that she feels freer than ever to speak up and be herself at this point.
Gina Carano claims that she found out she was fired from The Mandalorian via social media, and also claimed she was quite shocked to discover there was such a backlash to the post that eventually led to her firing. On Carano’s Instagram stories, she posted a meme comparing the experience of Republicans living in the United States today to what Jewish people underwent during the Holocaust. Soon after Carano posted this, Lucasfilm announced they were no longer working with the actress.
It is hard to believe that Gina Carano was truly shocked, as it was hardly her first brush with social media controversy. The actress posted on Twitter suggesting there was voter fraud during the 2020 election, mocked the wearing of masks, posted transphobic comments, and the list goes on. There are rumors that Disney was planning to announce a Cara Dune spinoff series for Disney+ late last year, but the company decided against it after the public backlash to Carano’s social media presence.
The Hollywood Reporter has now heard from a Lucasfilm insider that this wasn’t the case. From Lucasfilm insiders, it sounds more like they had been working to distance themselves from Gina Carano for a while. With so much controversy around Carano and her outright refusal to make changes to her use of social media, it likely seemed inevitable that they would have to fire her at some point.
If that’s true and Lucasfilm knew they would be firing her at some point, they likely already have a new plan for how to move forward in the Star Wars universe without Gina Carano or her Cara Dune character. Currently, The Mandalorian season three is set to start production in April of 2021. While previous seasons have premiered at the end of the year, it seems likely that the third season of The Mandalorian could be pushed a bit further than expected. But that’s plenty of time for Lucasfilm to make decisions about how to handle Cara Dune without recasting her.