Actress Gina Carano — known for her role as former mercenary and current New Republic Marshal Cara Dune in The Mandalorian — has been subject to all sorts of social media chatter lately.
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The actress is known for her sometimes controversial Tweets about political and social issues. Star Wars fans and even Carano’s own followers are often divided in what they think about the outspoken actress — both #WeLoveCaraDune and #FireGinaCarano trended on Twitter at various points during The Mandalorian Season 2.
Now, following a recent interview in which Carano spoke out about the Pablo Hidalgo controversy — Lucasfilm creative executive Hidalgo mocked a fan online after the YouTuber live-streamed his reaction to The Mandalorian Season 2 finale (“Chapter 16: The Rescue”), during which Luke Skywalker (CGI Mark Hamill) appeared seemingly out of nowhere to rescue Grogu (AKA The Child AKA Baby Yoda), Dune, Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), and Koska Reeves (Mercedes Varnado/Sasha Banks) from a Dark Trooper squadron — Carano’s supports are coming out in force on social media.
The hashtag #IStandWithGinaCarano has begun trending as fans look to casting for the multiple Mandalorian spinoffs that are in the works. Currently, many in the Star Wars fan community believe Carano is likely to be cast in Rangers of the New Republic due to her character’s status as a “Ranger of the New Republic”.
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There are also those, however, who would like to see her make a cameo in the upcoming The Book of Boba Fett, due to debut on Disney+ in December 2021. Here’s what fans are saying in support of the Star Wars actress.
Shogun Gaming replied to Carano’s 2021 New Years post by writing:
#istandwithginacarano loooove your carisma [sic: charisma] on @Drunk3P0 interview.. Think i might have a bigger crush on that beautiful woman @ginacarano #simp Happy new year to you and everyone
#istandwithginacarano ?? loooove your carisma on @Drunk3P0 interview.. Think i might have a bigger crush on that beautiful woman @ginacarano #simp ??♂️??
Happy new year to you and everyone ? https://t.co/dDkyYHZbsx
— Shogun Gaming (@Shogun_Gaming) January 1, 2021
Another Twitter user replied to the Drunk3PO interview, writing:
I couldn’t believe it at first. Congrats Jay! Excellent interview! #istandwithginacarano
I couldn't believe it at first. Congrats Jay! Excellent interview! #istandwithginacarano pic.twitter.com/WAVEBSQ4Kf
— Jeremy Moore (@JeremyM97069893) January 1, 2021
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Brian Buchanan praised Carano’s depiction of Cara Dune, writing:
No exaggeration, the singular most valuable character to be added to the galaxy far, far away in half my life. She shows kids what they can accomplish with hard work and dedication, with Gina herself as proof of concept. #WeLoveCaraDune #Istandwithginacarano
No exaggeration, the singular most valuable character to be added to the galaxy far, far away in half my life. She shows kids what they can accomplish with hard work and dedication, with Gina herself as proof of concept. #WeLoveCaraDune #Istandwithginacarano https://t.co/NYMjEhUb4B
— Brian Buchanan (@BrianBu99892348) December 31, 2020
Paul Marsh replied to a post on the official Twitter account of The Mandalorian with a GIF of the actress in the hit Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni series:
“Pay up you mudscuffers” #caradune#WeLoveCaraDune #istandwithginacarano
"Pay up you mudscuffers" #caradune #WeLoveCaraDune ❤#istandwithginacarano pic.twitter.com/jOpIG2jBK2
— Paul Marsh ????????? (@marshp1970) December 31, 2020
@ginacarano I have so much respect for you you are such an inspirational woman to all your fans and we adore you so much! #WeLoveCaraDune #istandwithginacarano #weloveginacarano
@ginacarano I have so much respect for you??you are such an inspirational woman to all your fans and we adore you so much! #WeLoveCaraDune #istandwithginacarano #weloveginacarano https://t.co/jU9LWYJpKl
— Sophie (@Laughandsing3) December 31, 2020
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Twitter user Chrystal stood up for Carano, writing:
Cancel culture needs canceled. Wish people realized different opinions are ok. You don’t have to agree with everyone. #istandwithginacarano
Cancel culture needs canceled. Wish people realized different opinions are ok. You don't have to agree with everyone. #istandwithginacarano
— Chrystal (@craftychrystal) December 31, 2020
Positive Vibes Always posted two pictures from Carano’s days as a women’s MMA fighter, complete with a Tweet that simply features several hashtags:
#MMA #GinaCarano #istandwithginacarano #WeLoveGinaCarano pic.twitter.com/4FbJM8vCWj
— Positivevibesalways (@good_news2000) December 29, 2020
Finally, Jeff Cantrell replied to a thread featuring another post from Brian Buchanan. He shared these thoughts:
Agreed, as with anything, the forces opposing Gina aren’t going anyway, so we can’t relent in our support. Therefore, ditto that… I stand proudly with @RoarAshley, because #WeLoveCaraDune #IStandWithGinaCarano
Agreed, as with anything, the forces opposing Gina aren't going anyway, so we can't relent in our support. Therefore, ditto that… I stand proudly with @RoarAshley, because #WeLoveCaraDune . #IStandWithGinaCarano
— Jeff Cantrell (@USAF_Bear) December 27, 2020
Mandalorian star Gina Carano often responds to social media campaigns like this on her own Twitter platform. Stay tuned to Inside the Magic for all of the latest news about the Star Wars universe, including the expansion of the Mandalorian saga following the show’s second season.
What are your thoughts on the “I Stand With Gina Carano” campaign on Twitter? Do you hope to see Cara Dune get her own spinoff with Rangers of the New Republic or appear in other The Mandalorian spinoff series, including Ahsoka and Temuera Morrison’s The Book of Boba Fett?