Gina Carano — the actress known for playing ex-mercenary and current New Republic Marshal Cara Dune on hit series, The Mandalorian — spent much of Season 2 of the show getting more media attention for her controversial Tweets than her acting.
At various points during the season, both #FireGinaCarano and #WeLoveCaraDune were trending on social media. No matter what you think about the former women’s MMA fighter’s social and political opinions, however, the character Cara Dune is a strong female role model within the Star Wars universe. Dune shows young girls that they can be both tough and gentle, feminine without sacrificing the ability to take care of themselves — her tenacity was on display throughout the second season of The Mandalorian.
This has led many fans to believe her character deserves a spinoff series that follows her adventures as a New Republic Marshal on Nevarro. Carano recently spoke out about whether or not she wants this to happen on the Drunk3PO YouTube channel.
During her virtual interview with host, Jay, the Mandalorian actress first coyly quipped, “We will see,” when asked about the “continuing stories of Cara Dune,” but then thoughtfully responded:
“I’m in love with playing my character and I’m in love with the Star Wars community and the people that I’ve worked with and I’m in love with continuing to be a part of that and, um, I think that the only thing that I”m not in love with is ever being muted or silenced or told to not appreciate, um, certain fan groups and I think that in the future of Star Wars, there’s a future of all of us to have conversations instead of being so separate.
So, um, we’ll see what they decide. I’ve had wonderful conversations.”
Carano also shared some surprising details about her personality in her everyday life. She said she is “shy” and actually prefers to be behind the camera, noting she loves cinematography and loves to “tell stories.”
The Star Wars star even teased, “I’m writing a story now,” but didn’t provide details. Still, with as much as Carano seems to love the members of the Star Wars and Mandalorian fan community who have supported her in recent months, it would be fascinating to see her working as a cinematographer on a Star Wars project in the future, though, of course, nothing has been confirmed about this even being a possibility.
The actress’s Mandalorian co-stars seem to enjoy working with her and many of them have expressed how much they hope to continue seeing her on-set in the future — whether on The Mandalorian Season 3 or a spinoff like Ahsoka, Rangers of the New Republic, or The Book of Boba Fett.
Other co-stars, including women’s RAW champion Mercedes Varnado/have not publicly spoken out specifically in in support of Carano, but have discussed loving their time on the 2 set.
Pascal, at one point, posted a powerful piece of fan art on Instagram — it simply depicted Din Djarin and Cara Dune embracing one another, much like Carano is imploring the Star Wars fan community to do.
It seems most likely that she will appear in Rangers of the New Republic, given her story arc throughout The Mandalorian Season 2, but showrunner Jon Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni always have tricks up their sleeves.
After all, the duo — with the help of directors like Bryce Dallas Howard — kept both Grogu (AKA The Child AKA Baby Yoda) and Mark Hamill’s Season 2 finale Luke Skywalker cameo appearance a secret for nearly a full year!
View the entirety of Gina Carano’s Drunk3PO below:
If you are interested in learning more about the movement to support Gina Carano, search for any Tweet featuring the #IStandWithGinaCarano hashtag. A number of Twitter users are using this to express support for Gina Carano’s Cara Dune and for the actress herself.
To discover more about the making of The Mandalorian series, check out the special edition of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, now streaming on Disney+.
What are your thoughts? Should Gina Carano get her Cara Dune Mandalorian spinoff? Have you been following the Twitter drama?