‘Mandalorian’ Star Defends Gina Carano, “She’s Warm, Beautiful, and Wonderful”

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Former Star Wars actress Gina Carano (Cara Dune) garnered a great deal of online controversy last year throughout the airing of The Mandalorian Season 2 before being fired by Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company in February 2021.

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Due to a number of controversial Tweets, Carano divided the Star Wars fandom, with hashtags like #FireGinaCarano#WeLoveCaraDune, and #IStandWithGinaCarano alternately trended on social media.

Carano has been vocal about her distaste for Disney and Lucasfilm, publicly stating that she was “bullied” by the powers-that-be and sharing that her new project with Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire will “take down the Death Star”.

Gina Carano as Cara Dune holding a blaster
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In spite of the apparent drama, Carano has received support from a number of her former co-stars, including leading man Pedro Pascal (Din Djarin), Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand), Carl Weathers (Greef Karga), Bill Burr (Migs Mayfeld), and Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Kryze).

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Now, another Mandalorian star, Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon), has shared that Carano was his favorite coworker on set. Via Fan Expo Denver, Culture Crave Tweeted:

Giancarlo Esposito says his favorite co-worker on #TheMandalorian was Gina Carano

“I loved working with her. She’s warm, and beautiful, and wonderful … I don’t care what her politics are … She came to acting late and was so raw and original”

(via @fanexpodenver)

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Interestingly, Esposito has been vocal about his support of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, which is something Carano seems to strongly oppose from her social media posts.

Could Gina Carano return to the Star Wars universe?

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As for the daughter of NFL Dallas Cowboys quarterback Glenn Carano, her return to the Star Wars galaxy has not been confirmed, though a new rumor indicates she could be back for The Mandalorian Season 4 thanks to support from showrunner Jon Favreau and Pascal.

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Lucasfilm has confirmed they will not recast New Repulbic Marshal Cara Dune and paused “active development” of her spinoff show, Rangers of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian Season 3 and two spinoffs — Ahsoka and The Book of Boba Fett — are still in the works. The “Mando-verse” will continue with The Book of Boba Fett on December 29, 2021.

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