The Star Wars universe felt a great disturbance in the force last week. Lucasfilm released a statement last Wednesday that The Mandalorian’s Gina Carano will not return for season 3 of the hit Disney+ series. The news turned the character, Cara Dune, to Cara Done.
“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future.” The reason for her release was due to posts made on her Twitter account. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable,” Lucasfilm continued. Just after the talent agency, UTA (United Talent Agency), also followed suit and dropped her.
In a Party Far Far Away
The posts attempted to draw similarities with today’s America’s Republican Party to those who practiced Judaism during the Holocaust. They were translated as controversial and anti-Semitic. The hashtag #FireGinaCarano started to trend on Twitter until Lucasfilm and Disney officially fired her. Though several sources report that this termination was a long time coming.
A New Problem
Last November, Carano began posting about the ongoing pandemic being a hoax and denouncing the use of masks. According to YouTube’s John Campea Show, sources reported that Disney reached out to UTA to express concerns. No word if Carano received the notice. It’s assumed not.
Attack on the Community
Carano continued to make new statements, this time on the recent 2020 Presidential Election. She tweeted to support the claim that the election was rigged. Disney tried again to reach out to UTA about her statements and support for this idea. By the time, Carano took a break from the political post and went for the LGBTQ community.
In her defense of targeting the community, several Twitter users pressured her to add her gender into her bio. So, she began describing her as “beep/bop/boop” on her Twitter profile. Afterward, she issued her first statement defending herself; referring to the Star Wars character, R2D2. She fessed up later saying that it was geared towards the transgender community.
The Empire Struck Back
Disney finally met with Carano and UTA. They “implored” her to stop her controversial posts online as it doesn’t reflect what the company represents. Her actions began to have co-workers involved in her controversies.
This meeting had her agreed to issuing a statement that co-star, Pedro Pascal, helped educate her on the transphobic post. “[Pedro Pascal] helped me understand why people were putting them in their bios. I didn’t know before, but I do now. I won’t be putting them in my bio but good for all you who choose to. I stand against bullying, especially the most vulnerable and freedom to choose,” Carano stated. Unfortunately, her apologies were too little too late.
What Could’ve Been
Back in December, The Hollywood Reporter unveiled that Carano’s character, Cara Dune would star in her own Disney+ series. It was even speculated that one of those shows could’ve been the upcoming Rangers of the New Republic series.Sadly, that and other opportunities won’t see the light of day. Despite the setback, Carano returned in her own way.
A New Hope?
A couple of days after her termination was announced, she signed on to produce a film with the conservative site, The Daily Wire.
“The Daily Wire is helping make one of my dreams — to develop and produce my own film — come true. I cried out and my prayer was answered. I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob. I have only just begun using my voice which is now freer than ever before, and I hope it inspires others to do the same. They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them,” she confirmed with Deadline.
She’ll be collaborating with site co-founder, Ben Shapiro. “We could not be more excited to be working with Gina Carano, an incredible talent dumped by Disney and Lucasfilm for offending the authoritarian Hollywood Left. This is what Daily Wire exists to do: provide an alternative not just for consumers, but for creators who refuse to bow to the mob,” Shapiro said.
Return of the Marshall?
At the moment, Carano doesn’t seem to be too hurt from the scandal. But what will happen to the Cara Dune character? An answer was recently provided. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Dune will not be recast. They reported, “…a Lucasfilm source saying 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.” In the meantime, Disney does have the time to plan out season three as production will soon be starting on The Book of Boba Fett (the separate one-off story).