Lucasfilm Has Fired Gina Carano From The Mandalorian
In wake of the actress’s controversial comments and social media posts, Lucasfilm has released an official statement announcing Carano is no longer employed by the company.
In the statement dated February 10, Lucasfilm made it clear that Carano will not be involved in future seasons of the show as a direct result of her recent social media activity which the company called “abhorrent” and “unacceptable.”
On Wendesday, the hashtag #FireGinaCarano was trending following an Instagram post from the outspoken conservative actor and former mixed martial artist which was met with severe backlash. The post has since been deleted, but screenshots were widely shared by users on social media who called for her firing from the hit Disney+ Star Wars show.
as a jewish person, this is fucking 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. pic.twitter.com/ABuM8kO5hM — sarah ✡︎ (@leiaswinterfell) February 10, 2021
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 controversial tweets, one in which she mocked mask-wearing amid the 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 The Hollywood Reporter.
According to sources, Lucasfilm planned to unveil Carano as the star of her own Disney+ series 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.
But after the latest round of social media posts, the decision to cut ties with the actor came swiftly.