A couple of weeks back, shortly after firing Gina Carano for her “abhorrent and unacceptable” social media posts, Lucasfilm said they wouldn’t be recasting Cara Dune in The Mandalorian and it looks like, so far, they may be living up to their word. But it does look like they will be replacing her character with one fans might already have some feelings about.
During the 2020 Disney Investor Day, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced a slew of new Star Wars programming, one of which was Rangers of the New Republic. At the time, it was almost a foregone conclusion that Gina Carano, as Cara Dune, would be leading that series. That notion changed after Carano failed to heed the Lucasfilm internal warnings and ended up getting herself removed from the Star Wars landscape. That left a huge question mark as to the direction of Rangers and who would lead the way. The DisInsider is now reporting that the character of Hera Syndulla will now take the place of Cara Dune.
For those of you unfamiliar with the character, Hera Syndulla is a female Twi’lek, a near-human species. Hera was first introduced in the animated series Star Wars Rebels and was also briefly mentioned but not seen in the feature film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In Rebels, Hera is the captain and pilot of her ship, the Ghost, and she also is the owner of a droid named Chopper.
The idea, at this point, is to introduce Hera in The Mandalorian so she could be the bridge to Rangers of the New Republic, much like what Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni had in store for Gina Carano’s Cara Dune. The problem said producers are now facing is finding the time to introduce Hera into The Mandalorian as Season 3 has already been mapped out. Dune is a known entity, so crossing her over into Rangers would not have been a difficult task. Bringing in a less familiar character to audiences, one whose story wouldn’t match up with Dune’s, looks to be a bigger task, especially trying to connect Hera to Rangers. But as a popular and well-known character of Star Wars Rebels, perhaps Favreau and Filoni will have an easier time with it. There is, obviously, no mention of a possible actress to play Hera.
As for Gina Carano and her firing, the fallout continues. Bill Burr, who plays Mayfield on The Mandalorian, is the first actor to come out and speak directly about Carano’s release by Lucasfilm and in typical Burr fashion, he didn’t hold back. Burr was being interviewed on a recent episode of The Bill Bert Podcast, offering some support for his former co-star.
If you feel like sitting through it, the entire hour and thirteen-minute interview can be seen below.
Of course, fans have their own ideas about Gina Carano and the Cara Dune character. Some are calling for Carano to be brought back while others think that the Dune character is too important to lose, saying a recast would be okay with Lucy Lawless being the actor many prefer to take on the Dune role. It’ll be interesting to see where Favreau and Filoni end up when all is said and done.