Star Wars Reveals Status of Gina Carano's Mandalorian Spin-off

By Richard Nebens Updated:
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Lucasfilm and Disney certainly aren't hurting for material within the Star Wars universe, even considering the franchise has taken an extended break in live-action releases. The Book of Boba Fett is only weeks away from its Disney+ debut while other exciting entries like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor, and Ahsoka are all in various stages of development.

On the other side of that spectrum is the oft-delayed spinoff from The Mandalorian, Rangers of the Lost Republic, which was originally meant to continue the story in the same manner as Boba Fett after its announcement at Disney Investor Day 2020. The series was set to center on Gina Carano's Cara Dune after her seven-episode run on The Mandalorian, although that all changed with a very public falling out between Carano and Disney.

Carano was fired from the show due to controversial social media posts, leading many to believe that Rangers of the New Republic would fade into the background and out of development. Now, that theory has seemingly been confirmed thanks to recent comments from one of Lucasfilm's top executives.

Gina Carano's Mandalorian Spin-Off Seemingly Cancelled

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Empire Magazine, via Twitter user @PortalSWBrasil, spoke with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy on the status of the Disney+ spin-off Rangers of the New Republic

Kennedy revealed that the series is currently on hold and that its story will likely find its way "into future episodes" of other Star Wars properties such as upcoming seasons of The Mandalorian:

"We’d never written any scripts or anything on that. Some of that will figure into future episodes, I’m sure, of the next iteration of Mandalorian."

Rangers Coming in Future Mando Stories

Gina Carano's untimely exit from Lucasfilm and Disney threw future plans into a crazy spiral, particularly since her Cara Dune was set up at the end of The Mandalorian Season 2 to seemingly continue into her own solo story. It's unknown how much more she was signed on for after Rangers of the New Republic, but those plans are now being reworked into something else for the Star Wars narrative.

What helps in some regard is that Rangers wasn't very far into development according to Kennedy, with no official scripts or stories having been put to paper at this point in time. Additionally, with Cara Dune's adventures directly spinning off from The Mandalorian, there appears to be a path for a smooth transition back into the Mando-verse rather than existing in its own separate journey.

No matter what Rangers of the New Republic would have been, Lucasfilm is working on the fly to spread its story out amongst other confirmed Star Wars projects still being made. Fans may be able to pick out some of those formerly Rangers-centric stories as they come to light in the future, but Rangers itself does appear to be no more at the moment.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.