Gina Carano Fired From Star Wars: The Mandalorian
02/10/2021 10:16 pm EST
Gina Carano, who is best known for playing Cara Dune on the first two seasons of Disney+'s Star Wars: The Mandalorian, will reportedly no longer be part of the franchise's future. The news was confirmed on Wednesday night in a statement from a Lucasfilm spokesperson, revealing that Carano is not expected to return to the series' future seasons, or to any other future projects in the franchise. This comes after Carano shared several controversial and anti-Semitic posts on her social media, the backlash off which led to the hashtag #FireGinaCarano trending on Twitter on Wednesday.
“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future," the statement from Lucasfilm reads. "Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
While Carano has had a history of making controversial posts on social media -- including expressing transphobic views and denying the validity of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic -- her posts in recent days caught quite a lot of attention. This included an anti-Semitic post comparing the current political climate to Nazi Germany.
Carano's Cara Dune first made her appearance in The Mandalorian Season 1 episode "Sanctuary", and grew into a fan-favorite across the first season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm had even had aimed to unveil Carano as the star of her own Star Wars spinoff during last December's Disney Investor Day presentation, but those plans were done away with following her previous social media behavior. While it was never confirmed, many had speculated that she could be at the center of the Rangers of the New Republic spinoff series, which was announced during Disney Investor Day but did not have confirmation of a cast or roster of characters.
“They have been looking for a reason to fire her for two months, and today was the final straw,” a source says in the report.
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