Gina Carano will not be returning to The Mandalorian or the Star Wars galaxy after sharing a post on social media implying that being a Republican today is like being Jewish during the Holocaust.
“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.”
Carano has also been dropped as a client by UTA, an agency spokesperson confirms.
This is not the first time Carano, who played former Rebel Alliance soldier Cara Dune on The Mandalorian, has been the focus of social media ire for her political comments. Last November, she issued contentious tweets, one in which she mocked mask-wearing amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and another in which she falsely suggested voter fraud occurred during the 2020 presidential election.
“They have been looking for a reason to fire her for two months, and today was the final straw,” a source with knowledge of Lucasfilm’s thinking tells THR.
According to sources, Lucasfilm planned to unveil Carano as the star of her own Disney+ series during a December investor’s day presentation but scrapped those plans following her November tweets. Multiple Mandalorian spinoffs are in the works from executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, including Rangers of the New Republic, which could have potentially starred Carano.
You know, I was really rooting for Carano. Following her MMA run in Strikeforce (where I was a fan), I was excited to see her launch a pretty decent acting career in movies like Deadpool, Haywire and Fast Five.
But, I guess like fellow MMA fighter Tito Ortiz, those punches to the head really did a number on her.
It’s so wild to me to see a situation which, honestly, could’ve been solved by just not posting.
By no means do I support her views (though I admit its her right to have them, as dumbass as I believe them to be), but really, she had A PRIMARY ROLE IN THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE which she pissed away here by way of Twitter/Instagram.
Sure, I guess a future of being a butt-hurt “cancelled” commentator for Fox News and similar outlets is in her future, but…Jesus Christ. It’s amazing to see someone light a match, pour gasoline and burn a bridge in real time.