With Gina Carano fired from The Mandalorian, fans have nominated Don Cheadle as an unconventional replacement to take on the role of Cara Dune.
With Gina Carano recently fired from her role in The mandalorian, the question of what will become of her character, Cara Dune, has not yet been answered. While some hope that she will be removed from the Star Wars show, others are hoping for a recast, and some fans are adamant about their choice of actors, unconventional as that may be.
A petition titled “Hire Don Cheadle to Replace Gina Carano as Cara Dune in The Mandalorian” was posted on Change.org, and at the time of writing this article has collected more than 1500 signatures. Cheadle is known these days as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s War Machine, but as the petition notes, he wasn’t the first actor to play that role.
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A brief history of Cheadle’s casting is explained on the site: “After the success of Jon Favreau’s Iron Man (2008), production quickly began with a sequel. During pre-production, actor Terrence Howard (who played James Rhodes, aka War Machine) left the film to disagree. This left an urgent need for Favreau to recast the character. ” He then posts the question, “The man who took office?” and answers “Don Cheadle”.
As Favreau is now a showrunner at The mandalorian, the petition argues that he “faces the same problem that he did more than a decade ago” and states: “The solution here is obvious: bring in the expert. Don Cheadle has already shown the world that not only can he take up what the other actor left him. But it elevated a character to a place we hadn’t seen before. “
Although the petition does not explore how Cheadle’s approach to Cara Dune would change her, it states that “it would be a shame to let the character disappear due to the actions of an actress,” and ends firmly with “We need Cheadle.”
Carano’s employers at the Lucasfilm production company reacted strongly to his recent controversial comments, including one that seemed to compare the current political climate to Nazi Germany. “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” a Lucasfilm spokesperson said at the time of her firing. “However, his social media posts denigrating people for their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Created by Jon Favreau, The mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, and Giancarlo Esposito. Season 3 has yet to receive a release date.
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