Jon Favreau Reportedly Stops Disney From Firing ‘Mandalorian’ Star Gina Carano

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The ongoing social media frenzy surrounding actor and women’s MMA fighter Gina Carano has only seemed to pick up speed once again, with the #FireGinaCarano resurfacing on Twitter. The Mandalorian star who plays ex-mercenary and the current Nevarro New Republic Marshal Cara Dune has been heavily under fire on social media throughout the bulk of Season 2, but so far has emerged without burns. Gina may have the show’s creator, Jon Favreau, to thank for that.

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There is now knowledge that Jon Favreau, unlike the rest of Lucasfilm, is not publically political, nor does he care about what others stand for — including Gina Carano’s controversial right-wing beliefs. Author WDW Pro writes, “I was told that the feeling inside Lucasfilm is generally disdain for Carano as well. The problem for those who hate Carano based on her worldview and political positions is that Jon Favreau isn’t publicly political and word on the street is he doesn’t care one iota for the divisiveness. If Carano were employed in any other part of Lucasfilm, she’d be gone, and she would have been let go long ago.”

Of course, this has not been confirmed by Disney at this point; however, it wouldn’t be highly shocking to hear that some at Lucasfilm disagree with Gina Carano’s political and social beliefs.

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The article argues that not Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, controls the narrative for The Mandalorian, but Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. Whether or not Favreau and Filoni genuinely can override Kennedy regarding Mandalorian characters’ development is not for sure. Still, if these reports are facts, Carano’s beliefs would never threaten her role as Cara Dune in the Star Wars series.

Interestingly, we previously reported another rumor that Disney had asked Carano to apologize. Although it was not stated, we at Inside the Magic assumed that the apology in question would be for some of the Tweets she has shared to her account amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Neither Disney nor Lucasfilm have commented publicly on Carano’s controversy, and no public apology has been posted.

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In fact, following Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek’s recent statement regarding the riots at the United States Capitol building, #FireGinaCarano once again appeared on Twitter after Carano began liking various Tweets made by apparent riot supporters. Gina Carano seemingly responded to the backlash with a Princess Bride quote — so an apology does not appear to be at the forefront of Carano’s mind.

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Carano has not just been met with anger on social media as of late but also felt plenty of love from Star Wars and Mandalorian fans alike! #WeLoveCaraDune/#IStandWithGinaCarano has also been trending recently, so although Carano may garner lots of attention, it is double-sided.

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Favreau is not the only one on Team Mando to support Carano amid the public controversy. Pedro Pascal (Din Djarin) has publicly posted his allegiance with Carano and complemented and praised her work as Cara Dune — even though the Mandalorian actor is quite the opposite in terms of beliefs to Carano. Katee Sackhoff (who plays Bo-Katan Kryze) has also spoken about Carano as her best friend, even after seeing her as “competition” career-wise for ten years. 

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As for where Gina Carano will end up next in the Star Wars world is still a question at large, after The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 8 (Chapter 16: The Rescue), we saw Cara Dune (Gina Carano) alongside Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), as well as her Nite Owl warrior Koska Reeves (Mercedes Varnado/Sasha Banks), Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) — defeat Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and rescue Grogu (AKA Baby Yoda) from the Imperial ship.

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Now, rumors have been swirling that Dune would be getting her spinoff series with Rangers of the New Republicconsidering that Carano’s character spent most of Season 2 doing just that. That being said, considering neither Disney nor Lucasfilm has commented on what is happening with casting in the series, it is purely speculation at the moment.

The Mandalorian has been confirmed for the third season. Still, with Grogu seemingly out of the picture (after being taken away by CGI Mark Hamill, AKA Luke Skywalker), the storyline could take its audience to many different places.


Stay tuned to Inside the Magic as we follow Carano’s journey through the Star Wars canon! 

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