Late last night, Gina Carano was fired from the Star Wars universe. Lucasfilm confirmed that the actor would stop being part of The mandalorian, or any other project within the franchise, following what they called “abhorrent and unacceptable” behaviors on social media. Carano had played Cara Dune in The mandalorian and was established to be part of future spin-offs that are in development. As such, the news begs the question: Will Disney and Lucasfilm reprise the role?
As of this writing, we can say that there is no definitive answer. Fans have submitted their suggestions on Twitter, and former Xena star Lucy Lawless was listed as the first favorite. But this is a decision that the powers that be must make. Lucasfilm was clear in its statement that Gina Carano is “not currently employed” by the studio, suggesting that her contract did not extend beyond The mandalorian season 2. Other reports have suggested that the studio was looking to separate from Gina Carano in November, following previous social media activity that generated calls to #FireGinaCarano on social media. Carano’s recent post, in which she shared a statement comparing being a Republican to being Jewish during the Holocaust, was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
The main point is that Gina Carano is done with Star Wars, and most likely Hollywood, at least for a long time, with the consequences. But Cara Dune is a character. Someone else can play that character. It all comes down to whether executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, who are the main creative forces behind The mandalorian and its derivatives, as well as studio executives, believe that this is the best way forward. It is, at least, a way forward. One that would allow them to continue with their original plans as planned. Only with a new actor on board.
There is a precedent in relatively recent history that suggests that recasting is something they are willing to do. For example, when negotiations broke down for Terrance Howard to return as James Rhodes, also known as Rhodey, in Iron Man 2 following his performance in Iron ManInstead, the studio brought in Don Cheadle to play the role. Of course this was before Disney bought Marvel but because it worked so well it could inform future decisions.
About him Star Wars On the other hand, there hasn’t been a situation like this since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, if it ever did. But bronze has shown its willingness to make a big change when needed. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy parted ways with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller in Solo: A Star Wars Story well into production. They had big disagreements creatively. Instead, they brought in Ron Howard and much of the movie was re-shot. It was an expensive decision and it is difficult to say whether it was the right one or not. In any case, if the directors can be replaced, surely an interpreter can also be. Especially if it benefits one of the largest franchises in the Disney wheelhouse.
The reason that recasting may be the most attractive option is twofold. For one thing, right behind Baby Yoda and Mando, Cara Dune had proven to be quite popular. That should not be discounted. Beyond that, the character seemed ready to be a big part of the future. Apart from any possible inclusion in The mandalorian season 3, Gina Carano was expected to play a major role in New Republic Rangers, one of several spin-offs that was announced as part of Disney’s investor day presentation. Show like this and Ahsoka it will eventually lead to a “series of events.” It is logical that Dune is also part of that great event.
So instead of having to rework any of those plans, from a story perspective, just bring in a new actor and let him take control where Gina Carano left off. Surely there would be no shortage of actors happy to assume an important role in the Star Wars franchise as it could pay off for years to come. We will make sure to keep you informed as the situation develops.
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