As news about The Mandalorian Season 3 slowly begins to come out — we now know it is slated to begin filming on April 5 in Los Angeles — fans are beginning to think about the series and its multiple spinoffs.
Although Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal (bounty hunter Din Djarin) gets the most screen time on the hit Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni series, Cara Dune actress Gina Carano has arguably received the most press in recent months, especially in the social media space.
A former women’s MMA fighter, Carano is known for her controversial Tweets. The actress isn’t shy about sharing her personal views regarding political and social issues on Twitter. Her opinions can be divisive and Star Wars fans have created multiple hashtags — #WeLoveCaraDune, #IStandWithGinaCarano, and #FireGinaCarano — that trended throughout The Mandalorian Season 2.
Yesterday, Carano’s fans hosted a successful “trend hour” on Twitter, with the Star Wars actress herself taking notice.
Carano posted a message to her many supporters:
You all got #WeLoveCaraDune trending.. My heart is so blessed.. love finds a way. #nevergiveup I see you.
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) January 30, 2021
Recently, rumors have circulated that Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau is the reason Carano hasn’t been let go by Disney and Lucasfilm executives. This is unconfirmed, but yesterday, many of the Twitter users who participated in #WeLoveGinaCarano event thanked the entertainment guru for casting Carano as Cara Dune.
Emily Locke wrote:
I am so thankful to @dave_filoni and @Jon_Favreau and @Disney @Lucasfilm_Ltd for casting #ginacarano as #caradune. #WeLoveCaraDune #WeLoveGinaCarano
— Emily Locke 🇺🇸 (@EmmyLocke) January 30, 2021
Another Cara Dune fan, W.M. Bell, wrote:
Grateful that @Jon_Favreau was able to see the enormous amount of talent that @ginacarano possesses and gave her the opportunity to show it to the world.
This Twitter user also tagged Disney, Disney+, and the official Mandalorian Twitter account.
Grateful that @Jon_Favreau was able to see the enormous amount of talent that @ginacarano possesses and gave her the opportunity to show it to the world. @Disney @disneyplus @themandalorian pic.twitter.com/F58e5OoKMJ
— W.M. Bell (@2BeGreatAgain) January 30, 2021
Ashley, who spearheaded the Gina Carano trend event, shared a clip from Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian and wrote:
This is a beautiful scene between @ginacarano, @TheCarlWeathers @PedroPascal1 & @Jon_Favreau. We love so much love for Gina. She truly belongs in the Star Wars universe. #WeLoveCaraDune & #WeLoveGinaCarano
This is a beautiful scene between @ginacarano @TheCarlWeathers @PedroPascal1 & @Jon_Favreau. We have so much love for Gina. She truly belongs in the Star Wars universe. #WeLoveCaraDune & #WeLoveGinaCarano 🥰 pic.twitter.com/gp8IUnPPrd
— Ashley (@RoarAshley) January 30, 2021
Brian Castrillo wrote:
Just a @ginacarano appreciation post. She is beautiful, strong, intelligent, & talented. She is perfect as #caradune & a big reason why I’ve been excited for the #StarWars future. A credit to @Jon_Favreau & @Disney for casting her & why I paid for @disneyplus #WeLoveCaraDune
Just a @ginacarano appreciation post. She is beautiful, strong, intelligent, & talented. She is perfect as #caradune & a big reason why I’ve been excited for the #StarWars future. A credit to @Jon_Favreau & @Disney for casting her & why I paid for @disneyplus #WeLoveCaraDune pic.twitter.com/ff4lYRjt9e
— Brian Castrillo (@BrianCastrillo2) January 30, 2021
At this time, there has been no official word on Carano’s future within the Star Wars franchise. Of the three upcoming Mandalorian spinoffs — The Book of Boba Fett, Ahsoka, and Rangers of the New Republic — most fans expect Carano to appear in Rangers.
Dune’s Season 2 story arc largely revolved around her accepting X-wing pilot Carson Teva’s (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) invitation to become a New Republic Marshal, so it makes sense that the upcoming show would follow her adventures on Nevarro, possibly alongside Greef Karga (Carl Weathers).
In addition to the fan support Carano has received, her co-stars, including Pascal, Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Kryze), and Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand), have expressed unwavering gratitude for her contribution to the Star Wars story.
Other Mandalorian cast members, including Rosario Dawson (Ahsoka Tano), Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett), and Sasha Banks (Koska Reeves) have not specifically spoken out in support of Carano, but have expressed that they immensely enjoyed their time on the Mandalorian Season 2 set.
What do you think? Are you hoping for more of Gina Carano’s Cara Dune in The Mandalorian saga?