Former MMA fighter Gina Carano plays ex-Rebel shock trooper Cara Dune in The Mandalorian. The tough, no-nonsense character was popular with fans in the show’s first season, but Carano got herself into hot water online late last year, when she started mocking the practice of pronoun sharing, mocking the practice of wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic, and peddling former President Trump’s baseless claims about fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
According to sources at The Hollywood Reporter, Disney was going to give Carano her own Star Wars show but nixed the idea after she got all this blowback. And yesterday, Carano stepped things up a notch by seemingly equating the criticism directed at modern day conservations to what Jewish people suffered during the Holocaust in Germany under Adolf Hitler.
Apparently, that was the last straw for Lucasfilm, who cut ties with Carano. “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
According to a source, “They have been looking for a reason to fire her for two months, and today was the final straw.”
What will happen to Cara Dune in The Mandalorian?
If you watch the second season of The Mandalorian, you can see how they might have been setting up a spin-off for the character; she got a job with the New Republic and was trying to make a difference. Given how many Star Wars shows are in the works, it’s not in the least bit far-fetched to think they had more planned for her; at this point I think most of the characters are getting spun off in some way.
But not Carano. The Mandalorian will likely air its third season this year, but don’t expect to see her.