The Star wars the world has recently been rocked by big news. Gina Carano, who played Cara Dune in the first two seasons of The Mandalorian, is no longer part of Lucasfilm. She will no longer be part of any future project within the franchise. As such, a major character who has become very popular, just behind Mando and Baby Yoda, is either gone for good or is on the verge of being drastically changed. With that, the question must be asked; what does this mean for Rangers of the New Republic?
During Disney’s Big Investor Day presentation several months ago, a huge list of new Star wars shows were found to be in development for Disney +. Much of this had to do with the success of The Mandalorian. Several of these shows will take place in the same universe. Specifically, Ahsoka, which will focus on Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano, and Rangers of the New Republic. Nothing else was revealed about the series but, during the presentation, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said the following.
“In the timeline of The Mandalorian, these interconnected shows, along with the stories to come, will excite new audiences, embrace our most passionate fans, and culminate in a climactic story event.”
Now for those who followed The Mandalorian, Cara Dune by Gina Carano had herself become Ranger of the New Republic. It stands to reason that his character was going to be a big part of this series. Lucasfilm, along with executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, may need to do some major retooling behind the scenes.
Gina Carano had been criticized several times in the past for its activity on social networks. Much of it leaned politically towards the far right. The final straw came when she shared a post on Instagram comparing being a Republican today to being a Jewish person during the Holocaust. Lucasfilm, in a statement, said that “its social media posts denigrating people because of their cultural and religious identity are heinous and unacceptable.” A report said that “Lucasfilm had planned to unveil Carano as the star of his own show during an Investor Day presentation in December, but abandoned those plans after his November tweets.” Also noting that Rangers of the New Republic “could have potentially played Carano.”
It seems safe to say that Gina Carano was going to be a big part of this series of interconnected shows in the Star wars universe. So what options does Lucasfilm have on the table? They can simply restructure Rangers of the New Republic with a different main character, while keeping the principle intact. Assuming it’s possible. Again, little information has been revealed about the series.
The other obvious option is the redesign. The studio could and probably will at least consider recasting the role of Cara Dune. Speculating on who might step in to fill these shoes is another question for another time. That said, there would surely be no shortage of actors who would be happy to play an important role within the Star wars franchise. Lucy Lawless has been touted as a popular option on social media. The loss of Gina Carano could become someone else’s golden ticket.
Whichever route Lucasfilm decides to take, it will mean big changes onscreen and behind the scenes. An actor who played a major character on one of the most popular shows on television right now, in one of the biggest franchises on the planet, is gone. We will be sure to keep you informed as the situation develops. The news of Gina Carano’s departure has already been reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Topics: The Mandalorian, Rangers of the New Republic, Star Wars, Disney Plus, Streaming