The Mandalorian Executive Producer and Director Rick Famuyiwa recently revealed that the he and other creatives behind the series “addressed” the firing of Gina Carano and the future of her Cara Dune character.
Carano was unjustly fired by Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company after warning about the dangers of hating your neighbors by sharing a screenshot from warriorpriestgympodcast to her Instagram Story.
The screenshot read, “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children.”
It then featured a quote that stated, “Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that 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 for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”
Accompanying these words was an image of children wielding blunt weapons chasing down a woman in undress.
Following this Instagram post, a Disney spokesman announced Carano had been fired. The spokesman’s statement began, “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future.”
It added, “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
After being fired, Carano revealed The Walt Disney Company tried to bully her into apologizing to individuals who demanded she succumb to transgender ideology activists and use pronouns in her Twitter bio.
Carano told former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss, “Earlier on last year before The Mandalorian came out, they wanted me to use their exact wording for an apology over pronoun usage.”
The actress continued, “I declined and offered a statement in my own words. I made clear I wanted nothing to do with mocking the transgender community, and was just drawing attention to the abuse of the mob in forcing people to put pronouns in their bio.”
The company even excluded her from all press and promotion for The Mandalorian. Carano described this punishment saying, “That was heart-breaking, but I didn’t want to take away from the hard work of everyone who worked on the project, so I said ok.”
“That was the last time I was contacted about any type of public statement or apology from Lucasfilm,” she added.
She would reiterate that Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company attempted to bully her in an interview with Ben Shapiro. She told him, “I’ve been through so much, and I’ve seen so much now, clearly, of the bullying that’s been taking place, and I saw it before.”
“I’m not the only one that’s ever been bullied by this company, and I know that so deeply,” she continued. “I could share a story which would turn things around in the media but I can’t because it would sell out a friend…Everyone is afraid of losing their job.”
She also told Shapiro, “They’ve been all over me and they’ve been watching me like a hawk, and I’m watching people on the same production and they can say everything they want, and that’s where I had a problem. I had a problem because I wasn’t going along with the narrative…
Now, Rick Famuyiwa informed Deadline the company had discussions about how they would handle Carano’s character, Cara Dune.
He said, “Cara was a big part and continues as a character to be part of the world. It had to be addressed in the creative and [Jon Favreau] took the time to think about that.”
“It was something that was discussed as we knew it was going to have impact on the show, but at the same time, what has been at the heart of the show are the two characters — Din Djarin and Grogu — so ultimately it felt like a servicing of that, and around the Mandalorians,” he added.
Deadline also reportedly asked Dave Filoni if Cara Dune just up and left her position as marshal and took up bounty hounting.
He answered, “It’s a big galaxy and we have many characters in it — many characters are fighting for their screen time. We’ll just have to see as the season unfolds what the adventures are, but it’s a great character, someone who was vital to Din Djarin’s beginnings; we’ll see if he has evolved beyond that.”
Filoni added, “Now Season 3 is mainly dealing with Mandalorians and the Mandalorian saga, the Mandalorian tale. (There’s) different characters he’s met since Bo-Katan (who) take a lot more prominence, which makes sense where his arc is going, the story of him and Grogu specifically.”
Filoni would also punt on a question about if fans ever wanted Carano to return on Cara Dune. A brief search of social media proves that answer to be true. Nevertheless, he answered, “It’s a great character. I get requests across the board for all types of characters. I’ve been with Star Wars, it’s coming on 20 years. It’s a great galaxy. The hardest thing is finding time and space for everyone out there.”
He continued to avoid the obvious truth, “George [Lucas] use to talk about when he was making the prequels, he had so many great characters and they all wanted screen time. How do you do it when your job is to tell the story of Anakin Skywalker? I relate to that.”
He concluded, “The Mandalorian in the title is the story about the Mandalorian and his people.”
How do you think The Mandalorian will handle the firing of Gina Carano as Cara Dune?