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Gina Carano will not be returning to The Mandalorian or the rest of the Star Wars galaxy.
The wrestler-turned-actress, who starred on the Disney+ series as Cara Dune, has been dropped after Lucasfilm deemed her social media posts “abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Carano found herself in hot water after she compared disagreeing over political views to the Nazis’ antisemitism during the Holocaust.
No, I’m not making this up. On Tuesday, the actress shared a post from another social media account detailing how the government made it easier for Nazis to persecute Jews by first making their neighbors hate them. The post ends with, “How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”
By Wednesday, the hashtag #FireGinaCarano was trending, as social media users shared screenshots and called for her firing from the Disney+ show.
One user tweeted, “as a jewish person, this is [explicit] vile and unnecessary. gina carano needs to be held accountable. the oppression my people have faced because of our religion and ethnicity is NOT the same as political disagreements.”
The post has since been deleted — but hey, screenshots are forever, right?
Lucasfilm’s decision to cut ties with Carano came swiftly.
“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.”
So, I guess we won’t be seeing former Rebel Alliance shock trooper Cara Dune on The Mandalorian anymore.
Carano was also dropped as a client by her talent agency UTA, an agency spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Really, this is just the latest controversy over Carano’s social media posts. Last November, she was really on a roll with contentious tweets. Between mocking mask-wearing amid the COVID-19 pandemic and falsely suggesting voter fraud occurred, she stirred up plenty of dust. I’m sure it didn’t help when she announced her move to Parler, either.
She also made fun of people using preferred pronouns by listing “beep/bop/boop” in her Twitter bio. It sparked plenty of backlash for coming off as transphobic. She later walked it back, claiming she didn’t know why people put pronouns in their bios. (Does anyone believe that?) She said fellow Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal then explained it to her.
“I won’t be putting them in my bio but good for all you who choose to,” she said. “I stand against bullying, especially the most vulnerable & freedom to choose.”
Carano’s controversial viewpoints cost her more than just a role on The Mandalorian.
According to sources, she was slated to star in her own Disney+ series after her character, Cara Dune, became a fan favorite. Lucasfilm planned to unveil a Cara Dune series at the Disney Investor Day presentation in December, but those plans were clearly scrapped. Another Mandalorian spin-off, Rangers of the New Republic, was also expected to feature Cara Dune in some capacity.
It is unclear if the role of Cara Dune will be recast, or if the character will get written out. I’m placing bets on the latter. After all, they didn’t even recast Luke Skywalker for his appearance in the season 2 finale — opting to de-age Mark Hamill instead.