After two successful seasons on Disney+, The Mandalorian is poised to expand its world even further in the show's already-announced third season. However, when Mando returns to the galaxy far, far away, the famed bounty hunter will be without one key ally in the form of Cara Dune.
The controversy surrounding Gina Carano has apparently reached its tipping point since it was confirmed by Lucasfilm that the actress will not appear in any future Star Wars projects. This is mainly due to the actress' problematic posts on social media, ranging from political issues all the way to anti-mask COVID-19 memes.
The final straw was Carano's recent post that compared the oppression of Jews in Nazi Germany to the state of Republicans in today's the current political atmosphere of the United States. Ultimately, this occurrence led to her being dropped from The Mandalorian and other known spinoffs under the Star Wars banner.
Now, a day after her firing, Carano has disclosed her side of the story.
GINA CARANO OFFERS A STRONG STATEMENT
The former Cara Dune actress Gina Carano revealed her official statement to Deadline regarding the matter. Carano didn't mince words by hitting back at her critics while also sharing her newfound project after The Mandalorian:
“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.”
NO MORE CARA DUNE IN THE MANDALORIAN
Based on Carano's statement, she doesn't seem fazed by her recent firing. This isn't a surprise considering Carano's strong stance on her own world views, and it looks like the back-and-forth may be far from over.
It's unknown if Lucasfilm will provide another statement regarding this ordeal, but it seems unlikely since they've already established that Carano will no longer be connected to the Star Wars franchise. This raises the question, however, of whether Jon Favreau will recast the character for The Mandalorian Season 3 and (potentially) for Rangers of the new Republic as well.
It was evident during the first two seasons of The Mandalorian that Cara Dune is a major part of the show's expansive world-building. This is on top of the previous report that Disney was supposed to announce a spinoff that revolves around the character last December, but it was pushed back due to the actress' earlier controversial social media posts.
In canon, it will be easier to depart from Cara Dune altogether, mainly due to the character's position as Marshal of Nevarro. Given that a good chunk of the storyline for The Mandalorian Season 3 is expected to focus on Mandalore and the Darksaber, there's a strong chance that Mando will not return to Nevarro anytime soon.