Gina Carano has continued to be a controversial figure due to her insistence on promoting anti-mask sentiments, criticizing vaccinations, and calling into question mail-in votes in the 2020 presidential election. The former mixed martial arts fighter does not seem to mind being a lightning rod for all this hullabaloo, but it sounds like Disney might finally be stepping up to her.
Insider Daniel Richtman (via We Got This Covered) is claiming that Disney is telling Gina Carano that she has to make a public apology or else she will lose her potential spinoff Star Wars series. Exactly what would this public apology entail? And how would the actress have to go about it in order to sate the powers-that-be at Disney? There are a lot of questions this possible scoop raises.
Most importantly, does anyone really want to see Gina Carano’s Cara Dune headline her own series? The character works decently as a supporting player in The Mandalorian, but she does not have nearly enough charisma or compelling drama to be the central figure in an entire series. Add to that all of these issues surrounding her and a Cara Dune show doesn’t seem like a safe bet for Disney.
There is a little bit of confusion about this report. Daniel Richtman himself was only recently reporting that the Cara Dune spinoff show had been canceled. Perhaps Disney decided to give it the axe and will put it back on the table if Gina Carano decides to make this supposed apology. That is pure speculation though. At this point, there has been no official news that a Cara Dune spinoff was even in the works. Everything surrounding it has been rumor.
And frankly, it seems like Gina Carano won’t be the kind of person to back down from her extreme viewpoints. She has continued to double down on her opinions and she is certainly welcome to do so. However, free speech does not mean freedom from consequences for said speech. She seems perfectly comfortable continuing to express herself, but it is not surprising to hear that Disney might be considering dropping her as a lead character in future projects.
This looks like it might end up being an issue for Disney moving forward with some of their stars. Letitia Wright has also found herself in a similar situation as Gina Carano regarding some contentious social media posts. And we have even seen an entity like the BBC lay down new codes of conduct for their talent. As social media allows more and more people to express their free speech, it is likely that more and more people will find themselves facing the consequences of their freedom of expression.
We will simply have to wait and see if Gina Carano ends up with her own Star Wars series on Disney+ or if the Mouse House decides she is too much of a liability to keep around. At this point, it isn’t even clear if she will be back for the third season of The Mandalorian. Sounds like things are up in the air, and we won’t know how it all shakes out until we get some official confirmation.