Gina Carano might be moving on to another production company, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t fight until the very end to stay with Disney. Though she was let go from her duties as Cara Dune on the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, apparently she wanted to retain the role going forward even after her ouster. According to insider Daniel Richtman, Carano approached Disney and asked them, one more time, to bring her back into the fold. I think we all know now that the answer to that request was a “no”.
Now whether this request from Gina Carano to rejoin the Star Wars universe and the larger Disney umbrella was an official one isn’t known. This simply could have been an “Are you sure?” moment between the two parties and nothing more. After all, the Carano ouster writing had been on the wall for some time leading to the ultimate decision to fire her from the show. This could have simply been a little bit of posturing to make sure the decision was, in fact, final. It appears that it was and it didn’t take Carano too long to move on to a new deal.
Gina Carano had been part of The Mandalorian for its first two, incredibly successful seasons. But that came to an end about a month ago when she was relieved of her duties on the program. This followed months of speculation and rumors about her employment with the show and company as a whole. That’s because the actress had been embroiled in some controversy around her social media postings. The latter had involved some questioning of the US Presidential Election results as well as some derision about mask-wearing in the Covid-19 pandemic.
But things really boiled over when Gina Carano made a post comparing the treatment of Republicans in the current political landscape to victims of the Holocaust. This led to Disney promptly firing the actress and cutting ties with her going forward. While the timing of Richtman’s rumor of Carano asking for her job back isn’t clear, the actress didn’t waste any time finding a new gig. That same day she announced that she’d inked a deal with The Daily Wire and their fledgling production arm to produce and star in an upcoming movie. There are precious few details about that new flick as of right now.
It was rumored that Gina Carano had a chance to headline a series in the Star Wars franchise and was set to have a major role in Rangers of the New Republic. The opportunities might have been endless on Disney+ considering the way they are ramping production in nearly every Star Wars avenue.
At this point, I think it’s overwhelmingly clear that Gina Carano won’t be returning to the Cara Dune role in the Star Wars universe anytime soon, most likely forever. But considering the size and scope of those productions which are only increasing these days, it would make sense to go for some kind of Hail Mary to be brought back into the fold. Whether they thought they had a chance isn’t clear. But it never hurts to ask.