“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” a Lucasfilm spokesperson said in a statement. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Now, just after the news broke that she was parting ways with Disney and the Star Wars hit series The Mandalorian, Carano has announced a brand-new movie project with Ben Shapiro’s conservative website The Daily Wire — with a dig toward Disney.
Carano told Deadline, “The Daily Wire is helping make one of my dreams — to develop and produce my own film — come true. I cried out and my prayer was answered. I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob. I have only just begun using my voice which is now freer than ever before, and I hope it inspires others to do the same. They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them.”
Shapiro even shamed Disney for their decision to drop Gina Carano following her social media posts, and he dropped in a cheeky Star Wars reference:
“We could not be more excited to be working with Gina Carano, an incredible talent dumped by Disney and Lucasfilm for offending the authoritarian Hollywood Left. This is what Daily Wire exists to do: provide an alternative not just for consumers, but for creators who refuse to bow to the mob,” said Daily Wire co-founder Shapiro.
“We’re eager to bring Gina’s talent to Americans who love her, and we’re just as eager to show Hollywood that if they want to keep cancelling those who think differently, they’ll just be helping us build the Xwing to take down their Death Star,” he added.
Gina has been silent on social media since the news was released that she would no longer play Cara Dune in The Mandalorian. She deleted a couple of the more recent posts that led to Lucasfilm’s statement, but her return to Twitter was signaled by her re-Tweet of the Deadline announcement.
It seems the daughter of former Super Bowl-winning NFL quarterback Glenn Carano has chosen to stand strong in her views during this tumultuous time, considering she just lost a huge role. It has been reported that Gina Carano’s character Cara Dune was originally supposed to be the leading role in the Mandalorian spinoff series Rangers of the New Republic, though this was not ever publicly announced by Disney.
After it was revealed that Gina Carano was no longer employed by Lucasfilm, Mandalorian fans spoke out on both sides. The hashtag #FireGinaCarano trended throughout Season 2 of The Mandalorian and early in 2021, and many took to social media to express their agreement with Disney’s decision this week. On the other side, the actress’s supporters continue to speak up regarding Disney’s decision to drop her. A “Bring Back Gina Carano” petition began acquiring thousands of signatures just hours after it was created, and #WeLoveCaraDune, and #IStandWithGinaCarano hashtags continue to trend.
Fans even took things one step further, causing #CancelDisneyPlus to trend on Twitter. Considering Gina has held the title of one of the most popular entertainers of 2020 according to IMDb, it is not surprising that she has an army of fans who are not happy to see her leave The Mandalorian based on the reasons that the Lucasfilm representative described.
It looks like Grogu’s (AKA Baby Yoda) goodbye to Cara Dune was final in The Mandalorian Seaosn 2 (“Chapter 16: The Rescue”).
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What will come of Cara Dune in Season 3 of The Mandalorian is unknown. However, it seems that Carano is still moving forward despite the breakup with Disney, sharing her newest endeavor through it all.
Do you think that Disney and Lucasfilm should have kept Gina Carano on for The Mandalorian Season 3 and a spinoff series?