Cara Dune, the character of Mandalorian star Gina Carano, will remain on the show, Disney+ has announced, two years after the star was fired following controversial social media posts.
Back in February 2021, actress and former MMA fighter Carano, 40, was fired from the cast of The Mandalorian, following online outcry over a social media post comparing the murder of Jews during the Holocaust to the political climate in the US.
Despite her firing, Carano was present on season two of the hit show – which aired from October to December 2020 – and she may return for further episodes in season three, which debuts March 1.
So said executive producer and director Rick Famuyiwa deadline: ‘Cara played a major role and continues to be a part of the world as a character. It had to be tackled creatively and (Jon Favreau) took the time to think about it.
“It was something that was discussed because we knew it would have an impact on the show, but at the same time the two characters – Din Djarin and Grogu – were the core of the show, so in the end it felt like a maintenance of that, and around the Mandalorian .’
Attendance: Mandalorian star Gina Carano’s character Cara Dune will remain on the show, Disney+ has announced, two years after the star was fired following controversial social media posts (pictured in the series)
When asked if Carano would be a part of season three, Lucasfilm producer and creative director Dave Filoni said:It’s a big galaxy and we have a lot of characters in it – a lot of characters fighting for their screen time. We’ll just have to see as the season unfolds what the adventures are like, but he’s a great character, one who was vital to Din Djarin’s beginnings; we will see if he has evolved further.
Since cutting ties with Disney, Gina has worked on several smaller projects that haven’t had as much success as the Disney+ Star Wars series, and a film journalist described this demise as Gina “fumbling the bag.”
In January, Carano came out on claims that she ruined her own career after her controversial social media posts.
Richard Newby wrote on Twitter: “I will never stop laughing at the fact that she could have had her own Star Wars series, toys, books, comics, clothes.
‘She was so close. She didn’t just fumble with the bag, she threw it out, pulled it over her head and cut off her air supply.’
Gina snapped back, “Here’s a @THR contributor who repeatedly joins an online mob of mostly anonymous accounts harassing me.
“Do you know we released Terror on the Prairie exclusively on @realDailyWire and you didn’t know that? Or are ignorance and spreading hatred your only aim here?’
In a thread, Gina added, “I didn’t mess around with the bag, I just didn’t go along with the sellout story, the online mafia couldn’t handle that, so they petitioned to get me fired and won.”
Abolished: In February 2021, actress and former MMA fighter Carano, 40, was fired from the cast of The Mandalorian, following online outrage over a social media post comparing the murder of Jews during the Holocaust to the political climate in the US (photo 2019 )
Carano’s post (right) compared the experiences of Jews during the Holocaust to the current political climate in the US. Lucasfilm called the post “abhorrent and unacceptable”
‘Fumbled the bag’: Since cutting ties with Disney, Gina has worked on several smaller projects that haven’t had as much success as the Disney+ Star Wars series, and one film journalist described this demise as Gina ‘fumbled the bag’
Disagree: In one thread, Gina replied, “I didn’t mess with the bag, I just didn’t go along with the sellout story, the online mob couldn’t handle that, so they petitioned to have me fired and won ‘
‘I don’t regret that. I stood for what I thought was the right thing to do and the more time passes the better I feel.”
Another tweet from Gina read, “The real bag-fumble is sold-out journalists like you who sold out America and stopped asking questions to be liked by a fickle manipulated mob.
“That’s what you valued and that will be your legacy.”
A Lucasfilm spokesperson said in a statement in early 2021 at the time that Carano is not currently employed by the production company and “has no plans for her in the future.”
“Nevertheless, her social media posts in which she denigrates people based on their cultural and religious identity are repugnant and unacceptable,” the statement said.
Talent agency UTA also dropped Carano as a client following the controversy, according to Variety.
Carano was heavily criticized after she posted on Instagram Stories that “Jews were beaten in the street, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbours…even by children.”
The post continued, “Because history is being edited, most people today don’t realize that in order to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply because they were Jewish. How is that different from hating someone because of their political views?’
Carano, who played the recurring character Cara Dune on the “Star Wars” series, deleted the post, but it was widely shared online and sparked the hashtag #FireGinaCarano.
Her character appeared in several episodes of the second season of “The Mandalorian,” a series about a bounty hunter and his quest to unite a powerful young user of the Force with a Jedi Knight.
Dune, who is a lawman on a frontier planet in the second season, regularly teams up with the title character to fight an old nemesis: remnants of the evil Galactic Empire.
Cast: Carano is seen with cast of The Mandalorian at the show’s 2019 premiere (pictured center)
Carano, a former mixed martial artist whose Dune character used a mix of heavy weapons and her fists to slay opponents, had been criticized online for social media posts.
In some, she mocked wearing masks during the pandemic and promoted claims of voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election.
On Wednesday — before news of her termination was announced — Carano posted a photo to her Instagram story with the phrase “Jeff Epstein didn’t kill himself” — a reference to conspiracy theories that the pedophile billionaire was murdered.
She also mocked the use of gender pronouns and mentioned “beep/bop/boop” in her social media bio after some expressed outrage that she didn’t mention pronouns in her bio.