With Gina Carano unceremoniously fired from Lucasfilm, many “Star Wars” fans have been left wondering whether or not Carano’s character, Cara Dune, will be recast for The Mandalorian Season 3 and other future spinoff projects.
A Disney spokesperson confirmed to IndieWire that Cara Dune will not be recast. The Hollywood Reporter originally claimed that insiders were expecting Cara Dune to be recast because of “story and merchandising reasons,” but now a spokesperson says that won’t be the case.
The Hollywood Reporter changed their initial report to the following: “A Lucasfilm source says that the Cara Dune role on ‘The Mandalorian’ is not expected to be recast and that she was not part of the Dec. 10 presentation, nor was she engaged in negotiations for future work.”
The “Dec. 10 presentation” refers to Disney Investor Day, when the studio announced The Mandalorian was getting a slate of spinoff projects. One title, Rangers of the New Republic, was rumored to position Carano’s Cara Dune as its lead character. After Carano’s firing last week, reports surfaced that Disney scrapped plans to announce Carano as the star of a Mandalorian spinoff following controversial social posts. THR’s latest report claims Cara Dune was never going to factor into the next Mandalorian project, this December’s The Book of Boba Fett.
Over the weekend, Gina Carano spoke with Daly Wire’s Ben Shapiro out about her employment at Disney’s and their handling of her public persona, which she considered “bullying”. Carano also talked about how Pedro Pascal wasn’t fired for posting a 2018 tweet where he compared undocumented children in cages in the U.S. to Jewish people in concentration camps. Shapiro points out how it did seem like a double standard that Disney and Lucasfilm didn’t take similar action with Pascal as they did with Carano.
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“I adore Pedro,” Carano said in the interview. “I know he’s said and done some hurtful things. “But we had an agreement after we realized we were a little bit politically different. We had an agreement that, first and foremost, you’re a human being. And you’re my friend first.”
She said that they are both passionate about their beliefs and she recognizes that they think differently because of their different experiences. “I know that we both have misstepped on our tweets,” she said. “We’re not perfect. We’re human beings. But he’s not a bad human being. He’s a sweet person.”
After the #FireGinaCarano trend hit, she said that Disney was watching her “like a hawk”. She referred back to the double standard and said that while all this was happening, she saw that people on the same production said anything they want. “I had a problem because I wasn’t going along with the narrative,” she said.
In the interview, she also said, “I’m not the only one that’s ever been bullied by this company, and I know that so deeply. I could share a story which would turn things around in the media but I can’t because it would sell out a friend… everyone is afraid of losing their job.”
Watch the interview above.